Vikrant Rona star Kichcha Sudeep invoked two giants of Indian cinema – Amitabh Bachchan and Kishore Kumar – when asked about his Twitter exchange with actor Ajay Devgn about the Hindi language. In an in-depth interview with NDTV, the 48-year-old actor looked back at the conversation he had online with Ajay Devgn in April – Ajay tweeted to Sudeep in Hindi after the Kannada actor stopped using the term “pan-India” in a media interaction. Hindi is not the national language, Sudeep had said. Why do you copy your movies in Hindi? Ajay Devgn tweeted to Sudeep – Ajay’s tweet was not only in Hindi but also in Devanagari script. In response, Sudeep tweeted back to explain that Ajay had not been made aware of the context in which his statement was made.
He told NDTV: “I’m a man of my own mind. I won’t hesitate to say something if I feel it’s right. I probably want to say it in a way that everyone understands and I don’t want to take my Twitter so seriously that I’m beginning to portray myself as a man with a lot of followers and speaking my arrogance, not my vocabulary.”
Speaking to NDTV, Kichcha Sudeep said: “Ajay Devgn sir is a gentleman and of course he was misled about certain things I spoke. What I spoke had different relevance. I went to Twitter to explain to sir. He is a senior man, whatever said and one we should respect.”
Sudeep also addressed Ajay Devgn’s tweets in Hindi and revealed that he learned Hindi by watching Amitabh Bachchan’s films and listening to Kishore Kumar’s songs. Tweeting him in Hindi was something they probably thought we understood. Luckily we did, thanks to Kishore Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan who taught us to speak and learn Hindi. Kishore sir and Amit sir are my teachers, I learned Hindi because of I wanted to understand what Kishore sir sang His songs were so beautiful And Amitabh Bachchan we were such fans of he was the first Avenger in India Every state would run to watch his movies whether we understood Hindi or not. “
Back in April, Ajay Devgn and Kichcha Sudeep had this exciting exchange on Twitter:
Hello @ajaydevgn sir.. the context of why i said tat line is very different from the way i think it reached you. I will probably emphasize why the statement was made when I saw you in person. It was not to hurt, provoke or start a debate. Why should I sir https://t.co/w1jIugFid6
— Kichcha Sudeepa (@KicchaSudeep) April 27, 2022
Ajay Devgn’s tweet was prompted by a media interaction in which Sudeep said that “everyone says that a Kannada film was made on a pan-Indian level, but a minor correction is that Hindi is no longer a national language.”
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) April 27, 2022
Sudeep told NDTV that Hindi is being talked about a lot. It belongs to everyone, he said, “Hindi also belongs to us, it does not belong to any particular state. As Kannada belongs to Karnataka, Telugu belongs to Andhra and Telangana, Tamil to Tamil Nadu, Punjabi to Punjab, Bengali to Bengal. . Hindi is the universal language, you can’t really argue and expel us from that language.”
“As a Kannadiga, I was just trying to say, what if I tweeted in Kannada, would you understand? It’s a matter of respect that we should give to every language in India,” Kichcha Sudeep added: There is no language in India without a history and no language in India without its heroes.”
As for the Twitter conversation with Ajay Devgn, “We both got our answers and that was okay,” said Kichcha Sudeep.
Vikrant Ronastarring Jacqueline Fernandez, hit theaters last week.