Pushpa star Allu Arjun was recently honored at an event in Delhi and he remarked that after 20 years in the business he had received an award in the North for the first time. Before starring in the hit film Pushpa, which grossed over Rs 350 crore worldwide, he had become a ‘satellite star’ across the country. But Pushpa’s box office success – it’s the biggest Indian hit of 2021 – cemented him as a pan-Indian force.
Speaking at the CNN News18 Indian of the Year 2022 awards, Allu Arjun spoke about the new wave of pan-Indian films, saying, “Indian cinema, Indien kabhi jhukega nahin (Indian cinema, India will never bow). ” This is a phrase in a line from Pushpa: The Rise.
“I’ve been in the film industry for 20 years now. I’ve received a lot of awards in the south, this is the first time I’ve received an award from the north, so it’s very special for me,” he said. He also commented on the North-South divide, saying that Pushpa is ultimately an Indian film and he is glad to have done the entertainment industry a service.
“I’m very glad we have our differences… like North and South… but you know the beauty of this country is the diversity. When this film was made it was celebrated by India, so we are all sons and daughters of the Indian film industry. We are proud that this is the victory of Indian cinema and that we were able to serve the country with entertainment during these difficult times,” said Arjun.
The actor is now stepping into the production Pushpa 2: The rulewith returning director Sukumar and Arjun’s co-star Rashmika Mandanna.