There are now strong rumours out there that the Samaikyandhra JAC (an anti-T body) is mulling a move to stop screenings of Ram Charan’s Yevadu (apparently made with a budget of Rs 50 crore) and Pawan Kalyan’s Attarintiki Daaredi (made with a budget of Rs 55 crore), unless family chieftain Chiranjeevi resigns from his MP post and joins the agitations against the planned bifurcation of the state.
While there has been no official statement from the JAC yet, a pall of gloom has descended upon the makers of the two films, especially because over a Rs 100 crore are at stake. A source close to producer B.V.S.N. Prasad, who is producing Attarintiki Daaredi, said, “Prasad had already paid a price when T-strikes hit his Aarya 2. And now, it’s the Samaikyandhra JAC. We hope the government helps.” But B.V.S.N. Prasad himself is a little reluctant.
“I don’t want to get into what has happened before. But we are very upset with this news of halting my film’s release. The good thing is that we are yet to receive any official word from the JAC. Since we have put in a lot of money and effort into this project, we sincerely request people from all regions to maintain restrain and allow us to do business. It seems, Tollywood has become a soft target and we seem to be sitting ducks. We are contemplating necessary steps to have a smoother release in both regions on the same date. As of now, release dates stay.”
But a student leader from the Samaikyandhra JAC continued to rage against the films. “We may not halt Pawan’s film but we're very keen on stopping the release of Ram Charan’s Yevadu unless Chiru takes a stand in favour of a united AP.” Others, however, have asked for politics and movies to be kept separate.
Dil Raju, producer of Yevadu, said: “It’s not fair to halt Ram Charan’s film just because his father is a politician. Besides Charan, there are hundreds who have worked hard on the film. We request everyone, and the media, to maintain calm and not to react in the spur of the moment. Please don’t mix movies and politics. Industry producers are now united and we’re going to meet on Monday. We are also planning to approach the government and the police to provide security for our films.”
There’s however a bit of sense, showing through.
Samaikhyandhra JAC convener, Professor Samuel revealed, “A few youngsters from the student JAC, who ‘lost their cool’, have raised these demands of movie bans. The main body is yet to make an official statement. We are trying our very best to not drag Tollywood and its movies into this agitation. However, there is no final word yet. We are, as of now, only demanding Chiru’s resignation and there is no going back on that point.”