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Actor Siddharth says pan-India is a new word for othering films which are not in Hindi

Siddharth also pointed out that the pan-India tag holds no relevance as South Indian movies have been making films across languages for decades.

  • Akshay Krishna

Last Updated: 04.09 AM, May 03, 2022

Actor Siddharth says pan-India is a new word for othering films which are not in Hindi

Following the release and commercial success of South Indian movies such as RRR, KGF: Chapter 2 and Pushpa: The Rise in the Hindi belt, there has been a lot of talk about pan-Indian movies. Actor Siddharth is the latest to share their take on the subject. 

Talking to Indian Express, he said that he finds the word funny and that he has been working in cinema for 15 years and that this is a new word for something that has already existed. 

The actor also said that the tag holds no relevance in South Indian cinema as it has been making movies across languages for decades. The actor, who started his career as an assistant director under Mani Ratnam, took the examples of Roja and Bombay and pointed out that these were movies everyone knows but were not titled pan-Indian. He added that such movies don’t need tags because they reach their audience. 

“Terms like pan-India is a way of othering films which are not in Hindi. It means we are the main people. Whoever else comes is an outsider. You never say a Bollywood film is a pan-India film. You just call it Bollywood”, he said. 

Siddharth has proven his talents in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam as well as Hindi. Making his debut in Rang De Basanti, the actor called it an essential part of his career. 

Last seen in the Telugu movie Maha Samudram co-starring Sharwanand, the actor is working on the upcoming web show Escaype Live on Disney+ Hotstar. The upcoming show also features Jaaved Jaaferi,[2] Shweta Tripathi, Swastika Mukherjee, Plabita Borthakur and Waluscha De Sousa