Trailer of Ramgopal Varma’s new Telugu film triggers row

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on October 31, 2019

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Kamma Rajyamlo Kadapa Redlu trailer mimics political drama in Andhra Pradesh

Ramgopal Varma simpy can’t stay out of controversy. After Lakshmi’s NTR (the life of NT Rama Rao from his wife Lakshmi Parvati’s perspective), he is now coming up with Kamma Rajyamlo Kadapa Redlu (Rise of Reddys in the Kamma Kingdom), a satire on politics in Andhra Pradesh in the aftermath of the 2019 Assembly elections.

The trailer, which was released four days ago, has registered 55 lakh hits so far. Going by the dialogues in the teaser, the film is going to be a satire on Chandrababu Naidu, his massive defeat in the elections and the aftermath.

The title of the film triggered a controversy as it directly referred to the two dominant communities that control political power in the State for decades.

A Congress leader, Nagaraju, filed a police complaint in Anantapur against Ramgopal Varma, alleging that he is trying to create a rift between communities and that it could trigger violence.

Ramgopal Varma, however, defends the title and his new film. He said any resemblance to real life characters in the film was coincidental. However, the resemblance of the main characters to key politicians, as shown in the trailer, seems to belie this claim.

Some characters appear to bear a resemblance to Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu, his son Lokesh, YSRCP President and Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, annd Jana Sena Party President Pawan Kalyan.

This is not the first time that Ramgopal Varma has courted controversy. Before the 2019 Assembly elections, he created a huge controversy with Lakshmi’s NTR, where he lampooned Chandrababu Naidu by re-enacting the political drama that saw NT Rama Rao losing power in 1995 and Chandrababu becoming the Chief Minister.

He, however, could not release the film before the elections in Andhra Pradesh.

Published on October 31, 2019

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