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Konkani Star Ester Noronha Wins Award For Sophiya, Says Bollywood Stands Tall Due To Mangaloreans

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    Ester Noronha starrer Sophiya, a Konkani movie which released in 2017, won the Best Regional Film Award from the Karnataka government and the happy and excited actress stated that its about time the Konkani film industry got its due recognition, just the way how Mangaloreans are recognised for their hard work and dedication in Bollywood.

    She had previously called several actors who hailed from the coastal town such as Aishwarya Rai, Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty, Suniel Shetty and others to give back to the Mangalore film industry by working towards its betterment. Here's what Ester Noronha said about Mangalorean contribution to every film industry in the country after winning the award for Sophiya.

    Top Personalities In Bollywood Are Mangaloreans

    "The world and the film industry itself is a witness to the top personalities in Bollywood who are Mangaloreans, from generations. When any new person says, 'they're from Mangalore', the reaction of the people in the industry speaks for itself," said Ester Noronha in a statement.

    Salman Khan's 'Chicken' Song Is Inspired By Konkani Music

    "Apart from actors, most of the main musicians playing for major music director's in Bollywood are Konkani speaking people. Such is the glory of our culture, people and talents. Even the recent hits like 'Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai' from Shahid Kapoor's Phata Poster Nikla Hero and the famous 'Chicken Kuk-Doo-Koo' song in the Salman Khan starrrer Bhajarangi Bhaijan is evidently inspired by Konkani style of music," she said.

    Several Konkani Songs Have Been Remade Into Bollywood

    "Konkani culture, language and music has made great contributions to Bollywood in the past. Many of our classic songs have been remade into Hindi versions like 'Ghe Ghe Ghe Ghere Saiba'. The use of percussion instruments in songs, the dressing style has made statements in cult Bollywood films like Bobby."

    Even Konkani Movies Are Remade Into Bollywood

    She further said, "Old Konkani film Nirmon was remade in Hindi in 1967 named Taqdeer starring Shalini Mardolkar and Farida Jalal. It was later remade into seven different languages and even Subhash Ghai starred as an actor in the classic movie."

    Here's What Ester Noronha Had Previously Said...

    "We have patronised many other films and industries of National and other regional categories. It's now time to stand up for our own regional cinema and industry and make our identity and existence known on a greater level. If we can do it for others, we can definitely do it for ourselves," she said on Instagram.

    Konkani Movie Sophiya

    Ester Noronha starrer Sophiya won the Best Regional Film Award and don't be surprised if the movie is someday remade in Hindi as well.

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