Protest Against Abuse of Telangana in Telugu Cinema మార్చి 23, 2007Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in English, In News.
When will Telangana be formed? Ha ha ha
Telugu film, Okkudunnadu, ridicules demand for a separate state; face the ire of state supporters
Hyderabad: A comedy scene in a Telugu film, Okkadunnadu, has raised hackles among supporters of a separate Telangana state. In a dialogue in the film, released on March 3, one comedian asks the other to make him laugh. At this, Brahmanandan, a leading comic actor in Tollywood, asks “Telangana eppudu vastundi (when will Telangana materialise)” at which both the actors laugh
|A scene from the film Okkadunnadu|
While the comedy implied that the issue of a separate Telangana state has been going on for several years and nobody knows when it would materialise, Telangana supporters believe that the pun ridicules their demand for a separate state.
“Such dialogues damage the cause (of a separate state). It’s a film being shown all over the state and has a huge audience. We had appealed to people to boycott the film” said Bharath Bhushan, Chairman, Telangana Utsav Committee, an organisation of Telangana supporters. He added that such a dialogue is a serious political statement and cannot be viewed as a humour.
Meanwhile, the Telangana proponents found support for their protest against the film in social worker Meera Naidu. She said it is high time that the cause of a separate state is depicted correctly in Telugu movies.
Director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, however, said that the dialogue in the film was only used to create a light-hearted moment and that there was no intention to hurt anyone.“We wanted to use a current political issue. But, at the same time we did not think of it deeply. It was simply used for humour” Yeleti told Mumbai Mirror. He said that there was no ulterior motive to hurt anyone, adding, he didn’t expect a controversy on this rather harmless dialogue.
Mumbai Mirror, March 23, 2007