The Malayalam superstar Mammootty has slammed the IIFA awards show in Dubai over the weekend for completely ignoring South Indian cinema. "You should not limit this ceremony to just Hindi movies. You must recognise movies in other languages also. And you should stop identifying us as South Indian movie stars alone because we are Indians," Mammootty said.
Questions: Is Mammootty right or wrong? Does Hindi cinema represent Indian cinema merely because Hindi is spoken and understood by more people than any other language? Given the quality and quantum of South Indian films, which is more than the combined output of Bollywood, don't films in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam deserve better recognition? And, let's say it, aren't South Indian movies superior to Hindi movies in substance and style?