Bollywood doesn't represent the whole of India: South celebs react to Change Within meet
Khushbu and Upasana Konidela expressed their displeasure over the seeming neglect of South Indian film industries in the recently conducted Change Within initiative
Superstars of the Bollywood film industry including Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan attended the Change Within initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that happened on October 19. Pictures of the celebrities with the PM went viral on social media.
However, the event hasn't gone down well with a few South Indian celebrities. Upasana Konidela, wife of Ram Charan, took to Twitter to criticise the seeming neglect of South Indian film industries. She wrote, “Dearest Narendra Modi ji. We in the South of India admire you and are proud to have you as our Prime Minister. With all 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 neglected. I express my feelings with pain and hope it’s taken in the right spirit.”
Similarly, actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar echoed the opinion of Upasana. Speaking to Cinema Express, the National Spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee said, “It is called Change Within meet. So, they want to bring about a change in the film industry because it has the potential of changing society. When it comes to that, the best films are made in the south. Hindi films alone don’t represent India. The biggest film industry of the country is all the four South film industries put together. Nobody was invited from the South. In fact, no one from the South was even aware of such a meeting.”
She does not blame the Prime Minister. “I think nobody brought it to the Prime Minister’s notice. I think the neglect was the work of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. They should have included people from the South, Punjabi, Marathi, and Bengali cinema as well.”