Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and South cinema actor Kichcha Sudeepa had a national language debate on Twitter, which went viral with several Twitter users divided in their support for both actors.
While the two stars ended their discussion amicably enough, indeed considering some Twitter wars, this one was downright respectful and both parties were careful to ensure they never got personal and remained courteous throughout.
Now Sonu Sood has added his two cents to the discussion of national language and said that all of India is united under the language of entertainment.
Sonu Sood reportedly told Indian Express, “I don’t think Hindi can be called just the national language. India has one language, which is entertainment. It doesn’t really matter which industry you belong to. If you entertain people, they will love you, honour you and accept you.”
The actor further stated, “Gone are days when people used to say ‘leave your mind behind’. They won’t leave their mind behind and shell out thousands of rupees on an average film. Only good cinema will be accepted.”
The thing that sparked off this language debate was Amit Shah’s speech at the 37th meeting of the Parliamentary Official Language Committee, where he stated, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the medium of running the government is the Official Language, and this will definitely increase the importance of Hindi. Now the time has come to make the Official Language an important part of the unity of the country. When citizens of States who speak other languages communicate with each other, it should be in the language of India.”
Soon after, Kichcha Sudeepa tweeted, “You said that a pan India film was made in Kannada. I’d like to make a small correction. Hindi is no more a national language. They (Bollywood) are doing pan-India films today. They are struggling (to find success) by dubbing in Telugu and Tamil, but it’s not happening. Today we are making films that are going everywhere.”
Responding to this Ajay Devgn tweeted, “"@KicchaSudeep, my brother. According to you, if Hindi is not our national language, then why do you dub films made in your mother tongue to Hindi and release them? Hindi was, is and always will be our mother tongue and national language. Jan Gan Man." Ajay Devgn’s tweets were written in Hindi.
Responding to Ajay, Sudeepa wrote, "Hello @ajaydevgn sir… the context to why I said that line is entirely different to the way I guess it has reached you. Probably will emphasis on why the statement was made when I see you in person. It wasn't to hurt, Provoke or to start any debate. Why would I sir. I love and respect every language of our country sir. I would want this topic to rest, as I said the line in a totally different context. Mch luv and wshs to you always. Hoping to seeing you soon."
Sudeepa further wrote, “And sir @ajaydevgn,,I did understand the txt you sent in Hindi. Tats only coz we all have respected, loved and learnt Hindi. No offense sir, but was wondering what'd the situation be if my response was typed in Kannada.!! Don’t we too belong to India sir.”
Ajay Devgn too responded to Sudeepa and seemed to want to end this topic and said, "Hi @KicchaSudeep, you are a friend. thanks for clearing up the misunderstanding. I’ve always thought of the film industry as one. We respect all languages and we expect everyone to respect our language as well. Perhaps, something was lost in translation."