Mallemala’s autobiography Idee Naa Katha, which capsuled 50 years of his experiences in the Telugu film industry, was rare in that it exposed the shady side of the leading personalities of Tollywood. The book became controversial even before it hit the market because of its inflammable contents.
It is to the credit of this earthy, no-nonsense man that he chose to write about things that even the most powerful in the industry would not touch with a barge pole. Indeed Mallemala died a man with his head held high, even if the book were in a way ‘proscribed’ by the industry lobby.
So what are the contents of the book that so disturbed and embarrassed the film folk? Here is a brief look. More