Mahesh Babu: “My comment on Bollywood was blown out of proportion”

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Mahesh Babu has come under fire after a recent comment he made during the trailer launch of ‘Major’ blew up all over social media with several people calling out the actor for dissing Bollywood.

For the unversed, Telugu superstar recently made an appearance at the trailer launch of Adivi Sesh starrer, ‘Major’. The movie, which was simultaneously shot in Telugu and Hindi (and will be dubbed in Malayalam) is a tribute to Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, whose bravery and valor during the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai are well known across the whole country.

During the trailer launch event, Mahesh Babu had an interaction with the media and he was asked as to why unlike his peers, he is not aiming to be a Pan-India actor. To this query, the actor said, “I always wanted to do Telugu films and wished people across India would watch it. And now when that is happening, I’m very happy. I always had this strong opinion that my strength is Telugu films and the emotion I understand is the Telugu film emotion.

Going further, he also happened to mention, “I may sound arrogant, I did get a lot of offers in Hindi. But I think they can’t afford me. I don’t want to waste my time. The stardom and love I have here in Telugu cinema, I never thought of going to another industry. I always thought I will do films here and they will become bigger, and my belief is turning into a reality now. I can’t be happier.”

His statement that “Bollywood couldn’t afford him” blew up all over the Internet and sparked off an outrage in social media. Several people called out the actor for being rude and dismissive about Hindi cinema while others got busy making funny mems and trolling the star. Most perceived his comment as an insult to Bollywood and by extension an insult to the Hindi language as well.

All this hoopla has caused Mahesh Babu to send out a press statement clarifying his comment. Today, May 10, actor Mahesh Babu’s team sent out a note addressing his recent comments on Bollywood.

As per the note, it was said that Mahesh’s comments were blown way out of proportion and it was never his intention to belittle any other language. The note also clarified that the point Mahesh Babu wanted to make was that he was comfortable working in Telugu movies and was really happy that Telugu cinema has found mass appeal globally.

The note reads, “Mahesh has clarified that he loves cinema and respects all languages. He said he is comfortable doing the film where he has been working. Mahesh said he is happy to see his dream coming true as Telugu cinema is going places.”

It’s unclear if this clarification will soothe the outrage but it is still better than nothing. Bollywood loves to court controversy and this time the controversy has walked in on its own without provocation, so it might be hard to let go of this Mahesh Babu’s Bollywood disparage right away.

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