Even my desi friends, who I met because of Bollywood films, cringe at me suggesting them to watch Tamil and Telugu films. One day they were criticizing Genelia's acting in her Bollywood films such as Masti and Mere Baap Pehle Aap. Defending Genelia, I told them to watch a few of her Tamil and Telugu films such as Happy, Bommarillu, and Boys. Their response were just the I-don't-watch-Telugu-or-Tamil-films-only-Hindi-films answer.
Okay, fine. I get it. I used to be ignorant too. I admit it. I wrote a post about my shallowness on how I got started watching Tamil and Telugu films here. But in my defense, I'm not Indian. Okay, that did not sound right. Just because they are Indian does not mean they should watch Telugu or Tamil films either. However, I find South Indians watching Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi films.
But I find myself wanting to watch more Tamil and Telugu films. Why? When I like a Hindi film and learn that it was remade or adapted from a Tamil or Telugu film, I want to watch the original! Like most people say, the originals are usually better anyways.
Fine, the films - because of the language - separate North and South India?? Does it? Or is it on my mind? I also ran across an incident several years ago about Indian food too. Watching Hindi films, I've always wanted to try Indian food. For some reason, I ended up in a South Indian restaurant and probably just didn't pick the right foods at that time since I was not educated and still naive. I didn't want to go back. I don't want to point out this person's name -- he's a high-profile Indian guy in Atlanta -- sent me gift certificates to eat a popular North Indian restaurant. Since then, I fell in love with Indian foods. Later I learn that a few of my favorite dishes from this Northern Indian restaurant actually has South Indian foods. One of my favorite Indian dishes is masala dosa. Another fave is medu vada.