'Animal' Pre-release Gathering Takes a Controversial Turn: Minister Malla Reddy's Remarks Ignite South vs. Bollywood Debate

The controversy deepened as the minister went on to suggest that Mumbai has become outdated, Bangalore is grappling with escalating traffic issues, and Hyderabad is poised to be the singular city of prominence in India.

Written by  Prerit Chauhan   |  November 28th 2023 11:29 AM  |  Updated: November 28th 2023 11:29 AM

'Animal' Pre-release Gathering Takes a Controversial Turn: Minister Malla Reddy's Remarks Ignite South vs. Bollywood Debate

Scheduled for release on December 1, 2023, the eagerly anticipated film 'Animal,' starring Ranbir Kapoor and Rashmika Mandanna, recently held a pre-release gathering in Hyderabad. The event, attended by a host of notable personalities, took an unexpected turn when Malla Reddy, the Minister of Labor and Employment for Telangana, made controversial statements that have since become the subject of widespread discussion on social media.

The gathering, graced by stars like Mahesh Babu and SS Rajamouli, became the center of attention due to Minister Malla Reddy's provocative remarks. In a direct address to Ranbir Kapoor, Reddy asserted, "Ranbir ji, I want to convey something to you. In the next five years, Telugu people will hold sway over Bollywood, Hollywood, and the entirety of India. You might also consider relocating to Hyderabad within a year."

The controversy deepened as the minister went on to suggest that Mumbai has become outdated, Bangalore is grappling with escalating traffic issues, and Hyderabad is poised to be the singular city of prominence in India.

In response to Malla Reddy's contentious statement, Ranbir Kapoor was visibly perturbed, holding his head during the minister's remarks. The event, witnessed by a substantial audience, quickly gained momentum on social media as the video went viral, prompting individuals to share their opinions. This incident reignited a spirited debate between the South Indian film industry and Bollywood across various social media platforms.

The controversy raises questions about regional pride and dominance, with Malla Reddy's bold prediction sparking discussions on the future landscape of the Indian entertainment industry. The incident has also led to speculation about potential shifts in the geographical center of the film industry, with Hyderabad being posited as a contender for future dominance.

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