13 June, 2021

Kattappa Goes To Kapurthala: Yawning Gap Between Bollywood And Regional Cinema Is Closing

The linguistic fences of our film industries ­collapse, giving rise to more pan-Indian stars

Rana Daggubati, Telugu
The blockbuster ­antagonist from Baahubali made his Bollywood debut in 2011 and is now doing Housefull 4 with Akshay Kumar.
Kattappa Goes To Kapurthala: Yawning Gap Between Bollywood And Regional Cinema Is Closing
outlookindia.com
2019-02-22T18:24:01+05:30

Urban Dictionary, a popular online glossary of the colloquial—slangs, catchphrases and other neologisms collated from across the globe—defines Mahesh Babu thus: “A sexy Indian Telugu actor that almost every girl is in love with. He is called prince because he is charming and very handsome”. It’s the description to extract envy out of the biggest of Bollywood heartthrobs. Flattering enough as it is for a 43-year-old actor who has not even made his debut in Hindi cinema yet.

Mahesh Babu has not had any dearth of offers from up north over the years. The bigwigs from Mumbai have been trying to lure him, given his large fan base on both sides of the Vindhyas. And yet, he appears to be biding his time endlessly.

Come to think of it, does the Hyderabad-based superstar really need to sign a Hindi movie to cross a greater career milestone at this juncture? Well, given the universal success of the dubbed versions of movies like...

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