Hyderabad: Bollywood artistes often and frequently meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss films. Artistes share their pictures with the Prime Minister on social media also.
Upasana Kamineni Konidela, a leading entrepreneur and wife of actor Ram Charan Tej, daughter-in-law of megastar Chiranjeevi, addressing Modi via her social media handle said that actors from the South have always been neglected.
She wrote, “Dearest @narendramodi Ji. We in the South of INDIA admire you and are proud to have you as our Prime Minister. With all the due respect, we felt that the representation of Leading personalities and cultural icons was limited only to Hindi Artists and the South Film Industry was completely neglected. I express my feeling with pain and hope it’s taken in the right spirit (sic).”
What Upasana wrote is true. Bollywood film personalities are always seen partying with the Prime Minister. But it is very rare to see an actor from the South posing with Modi for a photograph. There are many superstars like Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Chiranjeevi, Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Thalapathy Vijay, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna Akkineni, and many others. Even for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, not many actors and actresses from the South were invited.
When we talk about cultural youth icons, the south film industry has a number of young actors when compared to Bollywood.
Many of Upasana’s followers supported her and said that what she said is true. The Prime Minister, nor other members from the film fraternity have responded to her tweet.
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Dearest @narendramodi ji. We in the South of INDIA admire you & are Proud to have you as our Prime Minister. With all due respect we felt that the representation of Leading personalities & cultural icons was limited only to Hindi Artists and the The South Film Industry was neglected. I express my feelings with pain & hope it’s taken in the right spirit. 🙏🏻 Jai Hind