The biggest even to celebrate the 100 years Indian cinema has seen a nasty incident on Sunday when People’s star actor and producer and director R Narayana Murthy commented at the way the event is being celebrated. On the second day of the celebrations which was dedicated to felicitate the Telugu film personalities and when most celebrities from the Telugu film industry attended the function, Balachandar was felicitated.
Irked at this development emotions-loaded R Narayana Murthy said, “This 100 years celebrations which have to be celebrated very grandly and dignifiedly are being celebrated cheaply as an audio release function with item songs. The dais has to be named on Raghupati Venkayya Naidu’s name, who is the pride of South Indian film industry. It is unfortunate that in a function which is dedicated to Telugu films, we are felicitating Tamil director like Balachandar instead of our Telugu stalwarts like Dasari Narayana Rao, Vishwanath, Raghavender rao, Rama Naidu. There is no doubt that Balachandar is a stalwart. But shouldn’t we have the nature of felicitating our own people.”
This has forced the event organizers and SIFCC President to forcibly switch off R Narayana Murthy’s mic and bring him down with little courtesy. Tollywood film personalities were a witness to this and even expressed shock. But that should have united our people and we should have expressed our protest to the organizers in a rather befitting way. But it’s sad that R Narayana Murthy was singled out when he spoke for the entire Telugu film industry and he had to walk off the event bringing the disunity or lack of support within the fraternity within the Tollywood.