Deputy CM Pawan Kalyan holds talks with Tollywood producers on industry issues

The Telugu film industry anticipates the resolution of past issues with the new government in Andhra Pradesh.
A delegation of Tollywood producers meets Deputy CM Pawan Kalyan.
A delegation of Tollywood producers meets Deputy CM Pawan Kalyan.Photo | Express

VIJAYAWADA: Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan held talks with representatives of Tollywood producers on Monday.

A delegation of leading producers, including Allu Aravind, Dil Raju, Ashwini Dutt, Daggubati Suresh, DVV Danayya and Supriya Yarlagadda, met Pawan Kalyan at his camp office in Vijayawada. Tourism and Cinematography Minister Kandula Durgesh was also present.

Pawan Kalyan reportedly discussed the problems being faced by the Telugu film industry in Andhra Pradesh.

The previous YSRC regime imposed certain restrictions on big budget movies by not allowing the producers to screen special shows or increase the ticket prices for the first couple of weeks of release, which led to friction between the film industry and the government.

Tollywood top actors, including Konidela Chiranjeevi, had to hold talks with the then Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to resolve the issue.

Pawan Kalyan, who is fondly called as Power Star by his fans, himself is a leading actor, and the release of his movies too faced problems in the State. During his election campaign, Pawan Kalyan minced no words in criticising Jagan for creating problems to the Telugu film industry.

With the change in regime, the film industry is of the view that the problems will be resolved, and there will not be any problems in regard to conduct of film shootings in Andhra Pradesh and also release of new movies.

“We have sought an appointment with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and also Pawan Kalyan to felicitate them on behalf of the Telugu film industry. Pawan Kalyan has responded positively, and assured that he will speak to Naidu on the issue,’’ Aravind said after the meeting.

When asked if the ticket rate issue came up for discussion, he said the meeting did not go deep into the issues, and they would meet once again to resolve the problems faced by the industry. “We will also discuss the steps to develop the Telugu film industry in the State in the next meeting,’’ he said.

Supriya, a member of the delegation, was the actress with whom Pawan Kalyan acted in his debut movie ‘Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi’ in 1996, which was produced by Aravind.

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