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Thursday, April 28 2022


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My brother, according to you Hindi is not our national language, then why are movies dubbed in your mother tongue. Hindi is our mother tongue and national language, and will always remain so. Jana Gana Mana.

That’s what Ajay Devgn tweeted (in Hindi, no less) in response to Kannada actor Kichcha Sudeep’s recent remark that Hindi is “no longer the national language.” He was referring to the wild popularity of South Indian films like ‘KGF 2’ across the country. Of course, Hindi has never been our national language—and is only an ‘official language’ alongside English. The Twitter battle continued as Sudeep responded to Devgn—but remained civil on both sides. The News Minute has more on how it played out. 

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at the demolition derby that is underway across the country—plus why Bollywood is nervous about the rise of South Indian movies—which is very on-point given our quote today. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it. 

 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Ukraine invasion: The latest update
  • Rape case rocks Malayalam film industry
  • Musk’s Twitter melodrama: The latest update
  • UP’s big anti-loudspeaker sweep
  • Air India plans AirAsia India takeover
  • A mini implant to reverse Parkinson’s
  • Say hello to ultra-thin speakers

 

Sanity Break

  • A stunning photograph showing the lush colours of Kerala

 

Reading Habit

  • A list of new releases
  • Quick fixes, aka a few varied recommendations

 

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