12-08-201912-08-2019 10:15:27 IST
Updated On 12-08-2019 10:18:40 ISTUpdated On 12-08-20192019-08-12T04:45:27.300Z12-08-2019 2019-08-12T04:45:15.852Z - 2019-08-12T04:48:40.729Z - 12-08-2019
The Telugu film industry finally seemed to have found its mojo with the National Awards which were announced recently. Four Telugu films, ‘Mahanati’, ‘Rangasthalam’, ‘Chi.La.Sow’ and ‘Awe’, bagging as many as seven awards in different categories has left Tollywood rejoicing the achievement.
For a film industry that was either criticized for producing only ‘run-of-the-mill’ flicks most of the time or was perceived to have been given a raw deal even when there were a few exceptional films, the latest achievement is certainly like ‘coming of age’.
Just as most were celebrating this latest success, a sense of discontentment was also visible among fans of Mega Power Star Ram Charan Teja. They were upset that their hero was overlooked for the Best Actor award which went to Ayushmann Khurana for ‘Andhadhun’ and Vicky Kaushal for ‘Uri’. Even though Telugu films were treated better this time, the Mega family fans felt that their favourite star became a casualty for the ‘so-called discrimination’ in the selection process.
Surprisingly, these miffed lot received big-time support and endorsement in their view from an unlikely quarter..! Manchu Vishnu, son of veteran actor Mohan Babu and a star himself of Ram Charan’s generation, threw his weight behind the Mega Power Star. In a tweet, he said Ram Charan was fully deserving, in every aspect, of a national award for his critically acclaimed performance in ‘Rangasthalam’. He minced no words expressing his displeasure at the Konidela scion being ignored for this award by the national awards jury.
“No offense to the other winners, but in my honest opinion my bruh Ram Charan deserved to win the National Award for best actor in ‘Rangasthalam’. By far, it was one of the best performances by any actor in the recent times. Anyways, the audience love is the biggest award.”
Tollywood director BVS Ravi or ‘Maccha Ravi’, as he is popularly known, echoed similar sentiment. “With all the due respect to @vickykaushal09 and @ayushmannk for their award winning accomplishments, couldn’t get a clue why #Raamcharan had to miss out from the honours for a breathtaking performance in #Rangasthalam,” he tweeted.
This debate of how the Mega family was once again denied the most coveted award is not likely to die down anytime soon. Ram Charan, on the other hand, maintained a dignified silence on the issue even when he reacted and expressed his happiness at four Telugu films receiving the national awards.
Similar clamour was also heard many years ago when Ram Charan Teja was ignored for the Nandi Award in the then unified Andhra Pradesh for his performance in S S Rajamouli’s ‘Magadheera’. The award then went to legendary director-actor Dasari Narayana Rao for his performance in ‘Orey Rikshaw’, a film that sank without a trace.
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