Andhra Pradesh government announced its prestigious Nandi Awards for the years 2014 to 2016 on Tuesday disappointing many in the film fraternity. Many took to the media to express their displeasure and director Gunasekhar of Rudramadevi expressed his views in a news channel and in an open letter to the CM in Tiwtter.
One of the films that won the Nandi is Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Legend. It won in the Best film and Best actor category. The majority expressed their annoyance that there were better films than Legend in the running. Balakrishna happens to be the brother-in-law of Chandrababu and also the father-in-law of his son Nara Lokesh.
Director Gunasekhar of Rudramadevi expressed his displeasure openly by posting a letter in social media addressing the CM. In his post titled ‘Is it wrong to question?’ he raised various issues about government’s inconsideration towards his film.
“To the honourable chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, Is it wrong to seek exemption of entertainment tax of the historical epic film Rudramadevi, which proclaimed the history of Telugu Nation?
“If another historic film Gautami Putra Karni could be exempted from tax, then why didn’t mine?
“Will everyone be considered unqualified to be a winner if they question about the 2014, 15, 16 awards? Are we living in a democratic India or not?
“Rudramadevi is a film about women’s empowerment. How can it not be considered for one of the best three films? Not even for a jury award?
“I have unearthed Telugu history and given it to the people and you couldn’t recognise it.
“Did you think that encouragement of such films will give wrong signs to the people? If so please forgive me for making such a film like Rudramadevi”.