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    Cult figures when it comes to popular culture, Rajinikanth has been restricted to being a Tamil icon while Amitabh's popularity is pan Indian, thanks to the reach of Hindi films.

    Please explain the highlighed ones.

    Also tell me in what way `to + being' is used here. I have come across `to + base verb' but I don't know how it could be used with `Gerund'/ing form of verb.

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    Cult - a religion devotedly followed by a small group. A movie that has become a "cult film" is one that a small group of fans watch over and over again.

    Pan - is used as a prefix here, I would have written pan-Indian - from a Greek word meaning everything. (Think of Pan-Am Airlines.) The writer means that Amitabh is popular all over India.

    "to being" - "being a Tamil icon" is a gerund phrase that is the object of "restricted to." The patient can't eat candy; he is restricted to a no sugar diet.
    Last edited by Delmobile; 14-Jun-2007 at 21:29. Reason: a run-on sentence! <blush>

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    Cult figures when it comes to popular culture, Rajinikanth has been restricted to being a Tamil icon while Amitabh's popularity is pan Indian, thanks to the reach of Hindi films.

    Please explain the highlighted words/phrases. Gary - please correct this in future posts.

    Also tell me in what way `to + being' is used here. I have come across `to + base verb' but I don't know how it could be used with `Gerund'/ing form of verb.

    Cult figures = the two actors have a following of fanatic fans, who regard them with an almost religious fervour.

    pan-Indian = Rajinikanth is specifically popular in Sri Lanka; Amitabh is popular throughout the Indian sub-continent.

    "to being" - this is the present participle of "be", and is indicating a continuing state of the actor as Tamil icon.

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    Thank you Anglika and Bbk. [For all threads]

    For your Information :
    I think you mean :
    Rajnikanth is popular in a state of India known as `Tamil Nadu' that is not Srilanka and Amitabh is popular in all states of India.
    Probably you thought `Sri lanka' because you often read news about `LTTE' which includes the word `Tamil'.

    Am I right?

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    Absolutely. Thanks for the information.

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