Nagarjuna Akkineni opened up about the rift between the Telugu film industry and the government of Andhra Pradesh, about the low prices of movie tickets. The actor said he has no problem commercially.
At the press conference in Hyderabad to announce the release date of his film Bangarraju, Nagarjuna said, “We should not talk about political issues on a movie stage. I won’t talk about it. Commercially, I have no problem with it (due to the difference in ticket prices in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana). If the ticket prices are high, the collections will be slightly higher, but I have no problems with my film.”
When asked about the reasons for releasing his film amid uncertainty about the theater’s occupancy rate due to the spike in coronavirus cases, he said: “It will be good if we have theaters that are fully occupied. But in the circumstances, it’s not there. We can’t just hold a finished movie in our hands and sit. We want to release it. Yes, there will be a drop in the film collections because of the low ticket prices, but those issues will not be a problem for this (Bangarraju) film.”
Nagarjuna received a lot of backlash on social media for the above comments.
The government of Andhra Pradesh had recently formed a committee to investigate concerns of the Telugu film industry over movie ticket fees. A case on the matter is pending in the Andhra Pradesh Supreme Court.