After SS Rajamouli's "RRR" earned an Oscar for "Naatu Naatu", Indian musician Adnan Sami stated that the song's achievement is of India first and then a matter of pride for South Indians.
Many people were offended by the statement, and fans chastised the singer for failing to give credit to regional languages.
In response to the criticism, Sami took to Twitter and stated, "My issue has never been about language. My problem was straightforward. All languages, regardless of origin or dialect, are ultimately classified as Indian first and then anything else. That's all there is to it!"
He went on to say that he has sung many songs in regional languages, which should demonstrate that he respects them as much as he does Hindi.
On Twitter, the singer congratulated the "RRR" team on their Oscar win last week. "Music wins for India again! This is such a proud moment for all of us in India." One user replied to his tweet, saying that the main credit should go to the Telugu film industry. Adnan Sami became furious upon reading the reply and brought the issue of partition to discuss the regional issues.
"This is the exact kind of mentality that ultimately led to the partition of 1947, the disaster of which echoes even today! While regional culture and pride are important, nothing should ever come before national pride, unity, prestige, and the flag. This attitude is hazardous," wrote the singer.
Another user called Sami out, saying "Then why don't North Indians learn to speak southern languages, unlike South Indians who have to learn Hindi? Stop bringing up regional barricades. We never criticized the north for our own sake. We're congratulating ourselves."
Adnan Sami gave another controversial reply to the user, stating that if they love their regional language so much, they shouldn't dub their movies in Hindi altogether.