- Jaaved Jaaferi spoke about Ajay Devgn-Kiccha Sudeep’s Hindi dispute
- He said that even he, like Ajay, felt that Hindi was India’s national language
- “Constitutionally there is no language. I looked at that,” he said
He said: “Constitutionally there is no language. I looked at that. I have looked at the official Indian languages and the constitution does not give any language national language status. I came across it. I even had the impression that Hindi is the national language. But I just checked that the Constitution does not give any language national language status.”
The actor continued Indian Express that there are so many religions but no single national religion, adding that India has a simulation of everything that no other country has.
The ‘national language’ debate began after the Kannada actor spoke about Pan-Indian films and how Bollywood has struggled to make films and dub them in Telugu and Tamil. He said regarding KGF: Chapter 2, a Kannada film that becomes a blockbuster hit even with Hindi-speaking viewers. He added that Hindi is no longer the country’s official language.
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“They said that a pan-Indian film was being shot in Kannada. I would like to make a small correction. Hindi is no longer a national language. They (Bollywood) are making pan-Indian films today. They struggle (to succeed) by dubbing in Telugu and Tamil, but it doesn’t happen. Today we make films that go everywhere,” he said during the press meeting.
Ajay responded to Kiccha Sudeep on Twitter, writing in Hindi: “My brother, if you think Hindi is not our national language, why are you releasing your films in your native language by dubbing them in Hindi? Hindi was, is and always will be our native and national language. Jan Gan Man.”
India has no national language, however it has two official languages of the trade union government – Hindi and English.
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