No North-South divide in Indian cinema, says Dhanush

Dhanush shortly after he received the Best Debut Actor IIFA award in Tampa Bay, Florida. (Picture by Mahesh Abeyewardene)

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South Indian actor and songwriter Dhanush says times have changed in Indian cinema, making the transition between Southern and Northern cinema much easier.
He made these comments to The Sri Lanka Reporter backstage, shortly after he received the IIFA award for Best Debutant Male Actor for his critically acclaimed role in the Hindi movie Raanjhanaa.
“No difference between North India and South India, it’s just India,” he said backstage. “Times have changed.”
In fact his Tamil song “Why This Kolaveri Di” remains a hit even three years after its release. As Dhanush accepted his award on stage in Tampa Bay, the crowd interrupted him, requesting him to sing “Kolaveri Di”. The actor obliged, and told The Sri Lanka Reporter that he was astonished his song was still popular.
Dhanush’s IIFA award marks his official acceptance into mainstream North Indian cinema. He attended the ceremony with his wife Aishwarya, the daughter of legendary Tamil actor Rajinikanth.
Dhanush is currently working alongside Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan for his yet to be titled film directed by acclaimed director Balki. The film which has Dhanush and Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara in the lead is likely to be released by the end of this year.

South Indian actor and songwriter Dhanush says times have changed in Indian cinema, making the transition between Southern and Northern cinema much easier.

He made these comments to lankareporter backstage, shortly after he received the IIFA award for Best Debutant Male Actor for his critically acclaimed role in the Hindi movie Raanjhanaa.

“No difference between North India and South India, it’s just India,” he said backstage. “Times have changed.”

Dhanush with his IIFA award for best debut actor. (Picture by Mahesh Abeyewardene)

Dhanush with his IIFA award for best debut actor. (Picture by Mahesh Abeyewardene)

In fact his Tamil song “Why This Kolaveri Di” remains a hit even three years after its release. As Dhanush accepted his award on stage in Tampa Bay, the crowd interrupted him, requesting him to sing “Kolaveri Di”. The actor obliged, and told lankareporter that he was astonished his song was still popular.

TWITTER MIRROR: Dhanush takes a selfie and signs the image on Twitter Mirror IIFA 2014 was the first South Asian show to employ the technology. (Picture by Mahesh Abeyewardene)

TWITTER MIRROR: Dhanush takes a selfie and signs the image on Twitter Mirror IIFA 2014 was the first South Asian show to employ the technology. (Picture by Mahesh Abeyewardene)

Final Product of Dhanush's twitter mirror image. (Picture IIFA)

Final Product of Dhanush’s twitter mirror image. (Picture IIFA)

Dhanush’s IIFA award marks his official acceptance into mainstream North Indian cinema. He attended the ceremony with his wife Aishwarya, the daughter of legendary Tamil actor Rajinikanth.

Dhanush is currently working alongside Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan for his yet to be titled film directed by acclaimed director Balki. The film which has Dhanush and Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara in the lead is likely to be released by the end of this year.

Image from Dhanush's first Bollywood film Raanjhanaa alongside Sonam Kapoor.

Image from Dhanush’s first Bollywood film Raanjhanaa alongside Sonam Kapoor. (Picture Eros)

Image from Dhanush's first Bollywood film Raanjhanaa alongside Sonam Kapoor. (Picture Eros)

Image from Dhanush’s first Bollywood film Raanjhanaa alongside Sonam Kapoor. (Picture Eros)