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Sankranthi Releases Controversy: C Kalyan Versus Suresh Babu

Team VC |Wednesday, 14 Dec 2022 - 4:20 PM

Suresh Babu C Kalyan
Suresh Babu C Kalyan

‘Waltair Veerayya’, ‘Veera Simha Reddy’, and ‘Vaarasudu’ will have a box office clash on Sankranthi 

The Telugu Producers Council had recently asked exhibitors to give priority to only Telugu films for Sankranthi. If this decision were implemented, then the biggest loser would be Dil Raju who is releasing Thalapathy Vijay’s ‘Varisu’ (Dubbed in Telugu as Vaarasudu) for Sankranthi. Competing with ‘Vaarasudu’ will be two straight big Telugu films: Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya and Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy. Recently in a media interaction, Tollywood producers C Kalyan and Daggubati Suresh Babu opened up on the ongoing controversy.

Speaking about the Sankranti releases C Kalyan said, “It is with great regret that I’m saying this but the Telugu Producers Council is the most incompetent of all the South Councils. Wherever you go, in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, they call the shots there. If a Telugu dubbed film is released there, they don’t even carry the news. During the ‘Kannada Vajrotsavam’, no other language films are exhibited there for a week. We Telugus are the only people who embrace and encourage other language films. Their recent films have done so well here but how many Telugu films are doing well in those states? Their audiences in the first place aren’t interested! Today, Waltair Veerayya and Veera Simha Reddy are not getting theaters in key centers thanks to a dubbed film Vaarasudu. This is highly unfair! If I were in Dil Raju’s place, I would have put my film aside for Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna’s films. Their heroes have no respect for us. They will always demean us as ‘gulte’(A derogatory term used to address a Telugu person). We are killing our own industry, and it’s about time we show some self-respect.”

While on the other hand Suresh Babu opined that, “Have Pushpa, Baahubali, and RRR not done well in other languages? Cinema has crossed all barriers. Did anyone expect a small film like Kantara or KGF to do so well across the nation? Because of this ‘change’, there will be problems such as local fans getting upset, etc. Were Tamil heroes disappointed when the majority of theaters were allotted to RRR in their state? It depends on the capability of the hero. We don’t know who the lead actor in Avatar is which is releasing on December 16 but have we not given that film all the theaters? So this is going to happen, and we have to accept it. What if Avatar was released Sankranthi? Very soon, it’ll happen! Big Hollywood production houses will start eyeing a festival release. Who is demeaning us? Nobody can say we are being treated badly or looked down upon. Earlier, Kannada films were never considered by us. Today, we are after the rights of every new Kannada film that’s being released. Finally, the content speaks! Did Arundhati and Shiva not perform well in other states during those days? We need not worry too much about these kinds of controversies. They will sort themselves out. ”

Updated date:  Wednesday, 14 Dec 2022 - 4:20 PM

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