The much-hyped Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu, starring Pawan Kalyan, has run into rough weather just a day after its release due to its alleged anti-Telangana content.
The film, directed by Puri Jagannadh, has Prakash Raj playing the role of a separatist who advocates a “Pure Telugu Motherland” and has shades of the LTTE ideology or closer home, reminds one of Raj Thackeray.
But it has raised the hackles of Telangana activists.
While the film fraternity has chosen to remain silent by and large, a few have aired their views.
Speaking to City Express, N Shankar, Nandi award winner and director of Jai Bolo Telangana, felt the film was ambiguous on the issue of Telangana.
“This ambiguity has left people confused and that is probably what triggered the controversy.
I am unaware of the attacks on Puri Jagannadh’s office, but as far as the film is concerned, it portrays women in a bad light.
The three main women characters in the film — the heroine who’s a journalist, a politician and a news editor — are shown with negatives habits, like drinking beer, eating Ghutka and the editor blackmails and shoots the hero.
Are these the kind of women in our country? We have great personalities like Mother Teresa and Medha Patkar, why hasn’t the film shown such characters too?” he questioned.
While director Puri and co-producer B A Raju were unavailable for comment, Raju’s wife, Jaya opined, “The film is fairly balanced yet it has become a sensitive issue to discuss.
I don’t understand why. And it isn’t just the Telangana activists, Telugu Desam Party members are also bristling with anger because they believe the villain’s name — Rana Naidu — is a play on Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s name!” Now, Puri has a lot on his plate!