Telugus, especially those from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, are film-crazy. With two major films releasing this Sankranti, the so-called fans associations are highly strung over which one of their heroes will score over the other.
Given that Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna belong, not only to two different groups in the Telugu film industry, but also to two opposing castes and two different political parties, the atmosphere, understandably, is volatile.
Chiranjeevi’s much publicised 150th film Khaidi No.150 is releasing on January 11, while Balakrishna’s much anticipated 100th film Gautamiputra Satakarni will hit the screens the next day.
Worried over the law and order implications of the fans activities during this festival period on the eve of the releases, AP DGP Sambasiva Rao has issued a warning or two to the fans not to get too carried away by their heroes and cause any disturbance to public peace.
“Enjoy the movies for what they are. Don’t give room for unnecessary controversies. Any one trying to defame any person on social media will be taken to task,” he said.