Orange’ and bad losers

HYDERABAD: Chiranjeevi’s son, Ram Charan Tej, who usually doesn’t lose his cool, surprised everyone by hitting out at news channel Sakshi TV, for giving his latest film ‘Orange’ a bad review.

The channel went on to say that the star and his father, Chiranjeevi, have never bothered to compensate the distributors for the losses their movies incur and attributed the success of Cherry’s previous film ‘Magadheera’ to its director SS Rajamouli.

Charan’s latest film, ‘Orange’, didn’t fare well at the box office, thanks to the story, which was beyond the comprehension of a lot of people. The TV channel aired a program belittling the movie and its making. This did not go very well with the young star. Charan and his fans were up in arms against it. He tweeted, “I live by my rules. I really don’t care what is spread by a few idiotic channels like Sakshi. I have done a true character in Orange and I love it.”

Meanwhile, the issue got political as Charan’s papa, Chiranjeevi is the chief of Prajarajyam Party and Sakshi TV is owned by YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Charan’s fans attribute that YS Jagan is merely venting his anger on Chiranjeevi (for supporting the latest CM Kirankumar Reddy) on the Megastar’s son in his news channel.

Ram Charan Tej wasn’t the only member of Chiru’s family to lose his cool. Chiranjeevi’s younger brother, actor-turned-producer, Nagababu, shocked Tollywood by very bluntly stating that a lot of directors in the Telugu film industry are driving the producers to bankruptcy, as they take ages to make one film. Nagababu recently produced Orange with his nephew Ram Charan Tej as the protagonist. He went on to say that if the situation continues, Telugu movies will soon go extinct and Telugu cinema will become history.

At the audio launch of actor Ravi Teja’s film Mirapakai held at Taj Deccan on Sunday, Nagababu lost control of himself and lashed out at the younger breed of Telugu directors. He asked Telugu directors to take filmmakers like Ramgopal Varma, who made Sarkar in 30 days, as inspiration and to stop harassing producers. “Ramgopal Varma makes movies in 30 days and it saves the producer a lot of money. He should stay here for some more time and reform the industry. The current bunch of directors in Tollywood don’t care about the producers. They take years in making one movie and the poor producer ends up in losses even before the movie is out. Without producers, there is no movie and directors should remember this. The directors here have become viruses who eat their own body”, he said, leaving the invitees wide-eyed.

Nagababu, however, added that he didn’t intend to hurt anyone or direct his statements against any particular filmmaker, though it was pretty obvious, who he was hinting at. No prizes for guessing the obvious. He was talking about Bommarillu Bhaskar, who took months to make this film with a Rs 35 crore budget!

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