Do you know Dhanush? Ever heard of movies like Kadhal Kondein, Pudhupettai and Aadukalam? Do you know what’s Tanglish? If these questions are put to a North Indian they would normally respond to only the last one with “I think you are referring to the fact of Tamilians bringing in phrases of English while speaking Tamil.” Now don’t get me wrong. There maybe some ‘Northies’ who may know who is Dhanush and may have seen his movies. But generally he is more famous probably up north now as Rajnikanth’s son in law than anything else.
The North – South divide whether its the language or the culture or the dressing sense, has existed for ages. Though things like Rajni movies, the recent remakes of South flicks into Bollywood and collaboration in the field of music has tried to bridge the gap, the divide still remains. In all this, Dhanush could be the least expected person to bridge that gap.