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What Telangana means to celebs

None  Mumbai, August 01, 2013
First Published: 13:32 IST(1/8/2013) | Last Updated: 16:00 IST(1/8/2013)

With Telangana set to become India’s 29th state, prominent celebrities, including Hyderabadis, share their opinions with us

Shyam Benegal
veteran filmmaker
I’m sentimental about the people of Telangana since I’ve grown up there and made films like Mandi (1983), which is very much a Telangana story. I don’t see it being an economically prosperous state because it’s a plateau that doesn’t have as many resources as Andhra Pradesh (AP). Also, Hyderabad as the joint capital (of AP and Telangana) won’t work as well as Chandigarh works being on the border of Haryana and Punjab.

Saina Nehwal
Olympic medallist, badminton
As a sportsperson, it (the division) doesn’t really matter to me much, simply because I am an Indian first. I have, and will always, play for the pride and honour of my country. So in my mind, it will always be Andhra Pradesh. But having said that, it’s definitely going to be a historic decision for the people of the state.

Aditi Rao Hydari
actor
It has been a decades-long struggle where the aspirations of the people haven’t been responded to at all (sic). The people of the region strongly feel that they are socially, culturally and economically distinct. We never address the root (issue) but instead, try and heal the wound. We always sensationalise the scars they (such decisions) leave behind.

Sherlyn Chopra
actor/former Miss Andhra Pradesh
I don’t comprehend the need for the birth of Telangana. The hundreds and thousands of crores that are going to be spent on setting up Telangana as a new state could have been wisely spent on the socio-economic growth of the former AP.

Talat Aziz
ghazal singer
I would love it if Hyderabad — my city — prospers in whatever way. I want what’s best for the people of Hyderabad and also for everyone else in Andhra Pradesh. I’m more concerned about the people than the division. The Telangana agitation has affected the economy of Hyderabad a lot.

Mahesh Bhatt
filmmaker
The essence of life is change. If both the political parties, from what I gather, have welcomed this political move of the UPA to carve out this 29th state, then this must be a considerate decision. What needs to be watched carefully is how this change is embraced by the people of the country and of Andhra Pradesh. However. any change is painful.

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