Nandamuri Balakrishna sparked controversy as he delivered a speech at the success meet of his film Veera Simha Reddy. In the speech, he spoke about the legendary SV Ranga Rao Garu and Akkineni Nageswara Rao Garu. This didn’t go well with the grandson of Akkineni, Naga Chaitanya, and Akhil Akkineni slammed the actor for his derogatory comment.
Enthusiastic Balakrishna celebrating the success of his movie wrongly mentioned a few industry names. Speaking of his father NT Rama Rao’s contemporaries, he named SV Ranga Rao, Akkineni, Thokkineni. A section of society didn’t like the way he spoke of some actors in the industry. This caught the attention of Naga Chaitanya and his brother Akhil Akkineni who were then hurt by Balayya’s statement.
Akkineni brothers took to Twitter to issue a joint statement in this regard. Without indicating Nandamuri Balakrishna they reacted to his comment through a message on Twitter. They wrote creative contributions of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao garu, Akkineni Nageshwar Rao garu and S. V Ranga Rao garu have been the pride and pillars of Telugu Cinema. Further added that disrespecting them is degrading ourselves.
Akhil Akkineni shared the same post on his Instagram stories with the hashtag #ANRLivesOn. Telugu fans too didn’t like Balayya’s comment and expressing their displeasure with the actor they made #MentalBalaKrishna trending.
While Naga Chaitanya and Akhil Akkineni gave a strong response on social media in support of their grandfather ANR, Nagarjuna is yet to react on the same. People supported the two calling them matured and asked Mr. Balakrishna to borrow some maturity from Chay.
Meanwhile, Balakrishna’s latest film Veera Simha Reddy became a hit releasing in competition with Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya. The film is directed by Gopichand Malineni and produced by Mythri Movie Makers. The adventure film made a business of rs 125 crores at the box office.
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