The recently announced Nandi Awards seems to have irked a lot of filmmakers who haven’t found themselves in the list of winners. Director Gunasekhar, producer Nallamalapu Bujji and few others have expressed disappointment over the awards announced and have lashed out at the jury who picked the awards. And to add fire to the controversy, Nara Lokesh, Minster of AP and son of AP CM Chandrababu Naidu, has now said that those who are criticising the awards and its committee have no ‘stakes’ in the state and are all ‘Non-Residing Andhras’. Speaking to the media at the AP Assembly, Nara Lokesh said, “Those who are sitting in Hyderabad are criticising state government. Some leaders, who come by flight in morning hold a protest and go back to their places by evening. They have no stakes in state.”
These words from Lokesh come after a lot of film personalities have expressed displeasure over the awards. ‘Rudramadevi’ director Gunasekhar wrote an open letter to the CM of AP which asked a lot of questions related to his movie. “Wrong on my part to seeking for exemption of entertainment tax for ‘Rudramadevi’? When another historical movie ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’ was exempted, why can’t my movie be exempted? Is it a question that has no answer?” asked Gunsekhar.
Outspoken producer and actor Bandla Ganesh also voiced out his thoughts and said, “It is very clear they have ignored the mega family and have only given awards to their relatives and people who belong to their party. How is it fair to take the Best Actor award being a member of the committee and an MLA?“
The controversy around the Nandi Awards doesn’t seem to be dying down soon and more reactions are expected from Tollywood personalities after Lokesh’s statement.