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Actor Chiranjeevi Image Credit: IANS

Actor Chiranjeevi has revealed in a new interview while promoting his latest film ‘Acharya’ that he wants his family to be known as the ‘Kapoors’ of the south.

Chiranjeevi recalls a conversation with his brother Pawan Kalyan, in which he expressed his desire for their family to be known as the ‘Kapoors’ of the south.

Pawan Kalyan in Vakeel Saab
Pawan Kalyan in Vakeel Saab Image Credit: Supplied

“There is a Kapoor craze in Hindi cinema. In South Cinema, I also wished for our family to be like that. I’m so happy to see how these kids (from Pawan Kalyan to Allu Arjun and others) have grown up and made a name for themselves in cinema”, Chiranjeevi explained.

The Kapoors are often referred to as the first family of Bollywood spanning four generations of actors, from Prithviraj Kapoor to his sons Shammi, Shashi and Raj Kapoor, followed by Rishi and Randhir Kapoor in the following generations. The current lot of Kapoors dominating Bollywood includes Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.

The Kapoor clan at Ranbir Kapoor's wedding
The Kapoor clan at Ranbir Kapoor's wedding Image Credit: Instagram/Riddhima

Chiranjeevi also recalls an incident, when he had previously travelled to the north, where he had felt humiliated.

The ‘Indra’ actor explained: “Despite the fact that I had won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature film in National Integration for Rudraveena, there was little mention of the South in the award event. I felt humiliated.”

“Now that I see the regional lines slowly perishing, I feel happy”, he added.

Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan in 'Acharya'
Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan in 'Acharya' Image Credit: Supplied

Chiranjeevi spoke about his experience working with his son, Ram Charan, the latest pan-India sensation, and said, “Such opportunities do not come along very often for actors. I am a fortunate father who has witnessed Charan’s incredible growth as an actor “.

Helmed by Koratala Siva, ‘Acharya’ releases in UAE cinemas on April 29.