Kareena Kapoor Khan works in southern remakes, but doesn’t know superstar Suriya!

Fri, April 11, 2014 6:18pm UTC by 6 Comments
Kareena Kapoor Khan works in southern remakes, but doesn’t know superstar Suriya!
Yogen Shah

Bollywood stars like Bebo ignore the South at their own peril

By now, Kareena Kapoor Khan’s thoughtless reaction to reports that she was doing an item number in N Linguswamy’s Tamil film Anjaan, starring Southern megastar Suriya – “I don’t know where such baseless stories come from. I haven’t signed any such film. I don’t even know who Suriya and N Linguswamy are. I have never seen them. I have zero interest in acting in non Hindi films whether it is down South or in Hollywood” – is well known across the world.

Now, we don’t expect Bollywood actors to have an iota of intelligence. What we can do instead is present them with a simple set of numbers where they don’t have to do any complicated calculations. The Southern industries, especially Tamil and Telugu, are prolific in their output. Of the 1602 films certified in 2012 (the last year for which the august body has deigned to release figures) by India’s Central Board of Film Certification, 262 were in Tamil and 256 in Telugu, followed by 221 in Hindi, 185 in Malayalam and 128 in Kannada. This is not a one off year – figures are similar year on year.

So, it is clear to the meanest intelligence, and those as myopic as Kareena, that the Southern industries regularly churn out more films than Bollywood. Let us assume for a moment that Kareena indeed does not know who Suriya is, despite his appearance in Ram Gopal Varma Rakta Charitra and being star of the original Ghajini, and by the same token Linguswamy as well. After all, the good lady must be busy maintaining her size zero figure and being Begum Pataudi, and has little or no time to follow what is happening in South India, effectively a different and alien country to those North of the Vindhyas.

It is possible that Kareena just might have heard of AR Murugadoss, because he made Ghajini and its Hindi remake starring Aamir Khan, her co-star in Talaash. Even more so because Gabbar, in which Kareena is starring alongside Akshay Kumar is a remake of Murugadoss’ Tamil film Ramana. Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, who has made hit Telugu films Gamyam, Vedam and Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, is directing Gabbar.

So here you have the classic case of an actor appearing in the Hindi remake of a Tamil film being made by a Telugu director who is clueless about other big Southern names. Typical, but sad in an industry that relies so heavily on Southern cinema as the source of remake material, where the actors just appear in the material with often no clue about where the material is from. Guess for some, it just boils down to the paycheck and for others, they just couldn’t care less.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • gg

    what the hell such a ridiculous post . When doing a south movie do u need to know about the script or the actor who worked . Bollywood life since years you hated kareena kapoor everyone knows that . Kareena is one of the top heroines in bollywood u can’t expect her to research about south film industry she barely gets time for herself.And regarding suriya he is a great star but it doesn’t necessarily mean everyone in bollywood should know about him and how is that even an insult to suriya ? many south actors and actresses don’t know many bollywood actors and actresses so is it insult for bollywood .And anyways people already reacted to this article so again posting same news again and again it is a waste of time

    • mike

      OF COURSE MAN.. I AM DAMN SURE WEN U DO A REMAKE, UR DIRECTOR FIRST ASKS U TO WATCH THE ORIGINAL OR U URSELF WATCH THE ORIGINAL, OTHERWISE U CANT PULL OFF THE ORIGINALITIES IN THE CHARACTERS.. SURE KAREENA WUD HAV WATCHED SINGHAM BEFORE DOING THE ROLE IN IT..
      SO JUST SHUT UP..

      OF COURSE NOT EVERY BWOOD GUY IS EXPECTED TO KNOW ABOUT SURYA.. BUT THE ONES WHO DOES REMAKE OF HIS FILM,YES,THEY ARE…

      • gg

        she said she knows suriya and loves his work bro so chill kareena never meant disrespect towards suriya . She got frustrated by this news bro that’s why she said like that it is the media that created the problem why should they post a fake news ?? and kareena even proclaimed she loved south industry’s work and said rajini was the best in raone,she is even friends with southern heroines tammana and ileana i think media is the one that is to be blamed not kareena

  • kkk

    dear writer first learn english then create controversy what is this ”IOTA OF INTELLIGENCE”

  • Aa

    Most of the time Tamil film or tamilians are mocked in Hindi films & still bollywood people remake Tamil movies,songs .it is sad but true , this is the “Unity in Diversity” we promote outside India as well.We call International Indian Film Awards & have only Hindi film & artists.Dont we have any good movies in any other Indian languages.

  • guest

    what not again why is media creating such fuss first u guys create problem by posting fake news and then u make kareena the villain . Grow up she might have said that she doesn’t know him personally and even if she doesn’t know him not a big deal many south stars even don’t know many bollywood stars so is it a insult???


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