Taking potshots at actors like Mahesh Babu and Prakash Raj for adopting villages across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, “I find this whole thing of celebs adopting villages very insulting to villages. No self-respecting village will allow itself to be adopted. Imagine how insulting we will feel if a Hollywood star would want to adopt India, reminding us that we are an under developed country,” Varma lashed out on Twitter.
“Do people who adopt think villages are orphans or beggars or handicapped or what? If villages have any self-respect, they should protest (sic),” posted the furious filmmaker.
He went on and further appealed to villages not to depend on the rich and powerful to develop them.
“Any village which is willing to be adopted is actually admitting that it is depending on left over morsels thrown at it by the rich and famous. They say villages are the strength of the country and then they insult them by telling the whole world that villages live on their mercy. Villages should try to become like cities and not depend on the charity of people who adopt them,” he fumed.