Hyderabad, Jan 14 (PTI) Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi''splanned re-entry into films is likely to be delayedinordinately owing to script problems and his preoccupany withpolitical matters of the PRP.
On one hand, Chiranjeevi is unable to find the "rightscript" for his 150th film and on the other, the fast-changingpolitical situation in Andhra Pradesh is leaving him no timeto shift focus from his Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) affairs.
It was on September 8 last year that theactor-turned-politician announced his decision to make acomeback to tinsel town, "in deference to the wishes of myfans", and play the lead in a film to be produced by hisactor-son Ramcharan Tej.On November 1 last year, he hinted that shooting of hislatest film would begin in February 2011.
But, neither Chiranjeevi nor his production team couldfind the right script for the film that is supposed to beloaded with a "social message" keeping in sync with hisnew-found status as a political leader.
"It is unlike in the past when any commercial potboilerwould have worked with him. Now that he is a politician and anelected people''s representative, Chiranjeevi should be doingonly a message-oriented film. Hence, he is very particularabout the script," Chiranjeevi''s close aide said.
While the lack of a good script has become an impedimentin launching the film as announced, the rapid politicaldevelopments in the state � and also within the PRP� have keptChiranjeevi preoccupied, requiring his full attention only topolitical affairs.
Initially, Chiranjeevi � a member of Andhra PradeshLegislative Assembly from temple-town Tirupati � planned todevote 20 days a month to politics and the rest to films butthat plan never really worked. .
Within the PRP, Chiranjeevi is faced with a virtual rebellion as two of his 18 MLAs have openly defied the partyand joined hands with former Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Two other MLAs had raised the pro-Telangana banner muchagainst the party stand for a unified state.
To top it, there is talk that a few more MLAs mighteventually desert Chiranjeevi and join the Jagan bandwagonsoon even as the ruling Congress is desperately lookingtowards the PRP for support in the event of the Kiran KumarReddy government losing majority in the state Assembly.
Also, the Congress has kept three slots in the stateCabinet vacant to possibly accommodate PRP in any eventuality.As party chief, Chiranjeevi has to first act against theMLAs who raised a banner of revolt and also take steps to keephis flock together and contain further erosion in the PRPranks. And then, he should carefully plan his political movesin tune with the changing scenario.
"All this requires his full focus on political affairs.
Sailing on two boats at a time will not work," a member ofPRP''s Political Affairs Committee remarked.
For Chiranjeevi, who had a successful career in thetinsel town for three decades, films continue to be the "firstlove." But he has promised not to "ignore or neglect"politics.