'Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu' sparks row in Telangana

Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu
Hyderabad, Oct 20: Even as parties on different sides of the political spectrum continued to protest against the Pawan Kalyan-starrer Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu, the Andhra Pradesh government today decided to look into whether some scenes in the film should be removed from it.

Information and Public Relations Commissioner RV Chandravadan has been appointed as head of the panel that will watch the newly-released Telugu film and recommend deletion of those scenes which have triggered an uproar in the Telangana region, the state's Minister for Information and Public Relations DK Aruna said. She added that a film should not create any division among the citizens.

Dil Raju, producer of Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu, and the film's director Puri Jagannath are part of the committee. The Andhra Pradesh Film Development Corporation is expected to take note of the panel's recommendations and act accordingly.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) activists stopped the screening of Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu at several theatres here today. The offices of Dil Raju and Puri Jagannath were also ransacked because the film allegedly shows TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao in a poor light.

His son K Tarakarama Rao has also been lampooned, TRS activists rued. They urged the government to ban the screening of Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu. TRS leader D Sharavan stressed that deletion of a few scenes from the film is not enough, there has to be a complete ban.

Professor M Kodandaram, chairman of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), concurred with Sharavan and pointed out that the film is an attempt to belittle the people of Telanagana who have been pressing for a separate state.

The supporters of Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu are up in arms too. Their grouse is that Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu ridicules both him as well as K Chandrasekhara Rao. The film must not be screened in Kurnool district, TDP members demanded.

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