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'Dhamaka' Director Apologises To Uppara Community

Thursday, 22 Dec 2022 - 1:46 PM

Trinadha-Rao-Nakkina
Trinadha-Rao-Nakkina

The community has taken offence at a remark made by the director of the film 

Ravi Teja’s Dhamaka is all set for a grand release tomorrow; December 23. Meanwhile, the film found itself at the centre of a controversy after the Uppara community objected to a remark made by the film’s director Trinadha Rao Nakkina at the pre-launch event of the film held recently. 

During his speech, Trinadha Rao had jocularly remarked, “Enti Mee Uppara Sodhi?”(What is this nonsense typical of an Uppara?). Although it is a colloquial expression in the Telugu language, such a remark might have been taken in stride in the olden days but not anymore.

The President of the Hyderabad Uppara Association, Uppari Shekhar Sagar, and members of his community protested at the Film Chamber in Hyderabad holding placards. They burnt an effigy of Trinadha Rao and demanded an unconditional apology from him. Responding to the controversy, Trinadha Rao has apologised to the Uppara community. 

“I am also from a Backward Caste. My remarks were not aimed at hurting your sentiments. It was totally unintentional. You are part of the audience who patronise our films, and I would never ever think of saying something that would hurt your feelings. For some reason, the phrase ‘Uppara Sodhi’ has become a part of Telugu slang and this should be banished. The onus for this lies not just on the cinema people but the whole of society as well. I wholeheartedly apologise to them once again, and I request them to throng the theatres for the opening day of Dhamaka,” said Trinadha Rao. 

Produced by TG Vishwa Prasad, ‘Dhamaka’ has Sree Leela as the female lead. 

Updated date:  Thursday, 22 Dec 2022 - 2:35 PM

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