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Sona Mohapatra calls it “a pity” that some Bollywood actors barely speak Hindi: “You have to be fluent…”

Singer Sona Mohapatra is brutally honest with his opinions and has never been shy about speaking out against misogyny in Bollywood. Recently, the singer weighed in on the Hindi language supremacy debate that had swept across several Indian film industries. She mentioned that there were stars who “could barely speak Hindi”, and called it a shame.

Speaking to India Today, Sona said: “I can say one thing, I watched RRR and Pushpa and I was literally jumping and dancing and making the ‘crazy’ crowd uncomfortable and I got a reaction. Hat ! The effort, the art direction, the casting was brilliant. It was great to see them embrace their culture. Although we have amazing stars in Bollywood, I have to say there are actors who barely speak Hindi and that’s a shame because as a Hindi movie star you have to be fluent in the language. The Indian aesthetic is quite strong in Southern films.

After Kannada and Telugu blockbusters KGF and RRR overtook Bollywood this year, a debate has started to develop in the film industries. It reached a boiling point after Kiccha Sudeep entered the debate over Hindi being labeled as the national language and said directors in the south were making films that had a global presence. He also mentioned that Bollywood is now dubbing in Telugu and Tamil but the success rate is low.

In a video, evoking runaway success of KGF: Chapter 2, Kiccha Sudeep said, “Hindi is no longer a national language. They (Bollywood) are making pan-Indian films today. They are struggling (to find success) dubbing in Telugu and Tamil, but it does not pass. Today, we make films that go everywhere. This leads to an exchange of words with Ajay Devgnwith several other actors later expressing their views on the matter.