NTR memorial will continue forever, reassures Telangana CM
Veteran Telugu actor Balakrishna, son of TDP founder, the late N T Rama Rao, today began the shoot of his 100th film "Gautamiputra Satakarni", based on the life of the Andhra ruler said to have ruled over vast parts of southern India.
Actor-turned-politician and former Union Minister Chiranjeevi, top Telugu hero Venkatesh and a host of prominent personalities from the world of film and politics attended the 'Muhurtham' event of the film here.
However, the larger point was made by the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who chose the occasion to allay fears that his government was trying to 'erase' the pre-Telangana history of the state.
Noting that some misinformation had recently spread regarding the Telangana government's decision to erect a 125-ft statue of Ambedkar at the NTR Gardens in Hyderabad, Rao said the NTR Gardens, where the 'Samadhi' of the late Chief Minister was situated, would continue to be like that forever.
Referring to NTR, Rao said the former CM (who was one of Telugu's most popular film heroes) belonged to all Telugu people.
NTR was a great son of Telugu race who brought an independent identity to Telugu, who were till then often described as 'Madrasis', the Chief Minister said.
Describing himself as a fan of late NTR, he expressed confidence that the 100th film of Balakrishna would run for 200 days.