Akshay Kumar is gearing up for the release of his upcoming historical drama Prithviraj. The actor while promoting the film in the city earlier today shared his opinion on the North vs South debate. While there is an ongoing language debate at the national level, it reached the entertainment industry with a Twitter exchange between Ajay Devgn and Kichcha Sudeepa. While Pan-India films have been well received in the country, the language debate continues on the sidelines.
Akshay Kumar on the North vs South debate- “I hate it when someone says South industry and North”
Talking about this divide with respect to language in the entertainment field, Akshay Kumar said during a media interaction, “I don’t believe in this divide. I hate it when someone says South industry and North. We are all one industry and that is what I believe. I think we should stop asking this question. It is important that we understand that this is how Britishers ruled us, by dividing us. We have never learnt our lessons. We are still not understanding this part. I think the day we realize that we are one industry, things will start working better for us.”
He further said, “It is unfortunate that this debate is happening, and we are all becoming victims of it. Why can’t we be called one industry? Why are we being called the North and South industry? All our languages are good, we are talking our mother tongues and we are all beautiful. It is unfortunate that we keep dividing ourselves.”
Akshay Kumar has been a part of several Hindi remakes of South Indian movies. When asked about the trend of remakes and remixes, Akshay said,“Someone questioned me in the morning about remakes and why are we remaking it? I asked why not! What is the problem? Is there a problem in remaking? OMG, Oh My God! , my film was remade in Telugu and became a huge hit. Their Rowdy Rathore we remade and worked for all of us. Why does anyone have a problem? Why shouldn’t it happen? People question on remix songs, why shouldn’t we remix? There are originals being made and then there are remakes, why is anyone having a problem with them coexisting? If a good film is being made in South and we buy its rights and remake it, what is wrong in it?”
“People question our talent. It is not about talent, we all have it, it is about the story connecting with the audience. Now people on Twitter have become critics and want to have an opinion on everything. Why? I would say don’t get carried away. We are all trying to do our work,” he added.
Prithviraj directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi with Manushi Chhillar making her debut as the lead actress will be released on June 3, 2022.
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