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Updated: May 10, 2013 00:22 IST

Ram breaks silence, plays maryada purushottam

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Actor Ram Charan Tej adressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Actor Ram Charan Tej adressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Actor Ram Charan Tej on Thursday made a vain bid to brush over the attack on two IT professionals by his guards, pointing out that no complaints were lodged by either side. He, however, ended up giving an altogether new twist to the tale.

Even while appealing to the media “not to take this further”, he almost accused the duo — Phanish and Kalyan — of being drunk when the altercation happened on Sunday afternoon at Banjara Hills.

“Their behaviour was erratic. They banged on my vehicle window when I was sitting with my wife. One of them even rushed out without footwear. They could have been drunk,” the actor remarked at a press conference.

‘Issue should stop’

He, however, maintained that he did not want to take the issue further as he was “concerned about the careers of the two IT professionals”, one of whom was also planning to go to the United States. The victims had even admitted to their “fault”, he claimed.

The actor also said the police had examined the CCTV footage of the incident which allegedly showed Phanish and Kalyan rushing towards his car.

Charan’s version

Giving his own version of events that happened on Sunday, the son of Union Minister Chiranjeevi claimed he was heading for Hotel Taj Krishna and halted at the traffic signal when the duo began to honk continuously and got into argument with him.

Even while claiming to be “law-abiding citizen” and a “family man”, Mr. Charan said he was worried about his wife’s security and hence alerted his security men.

“There was a scuffle and even my men received injuries. But no one was beaten up or there would be blood wounds. I maintained my dignity and did not get down or it would have been different,” he said, in a defiant tone.

‘Morphed picture’

He also accused an unnamed photographer of morphing his photo — which published in several newspapers — after failing to blackmail him for money.

“I did not even get down from my car. A day later, my office received a call informing about the photos and offering a deal. We have recorded the conversation and informed the ACP,” he claimed.

However, Mr. Charan refused to name the photographer as he was not interested in “harming his career”. He was ready to “fight legally” to the end but wondered if the two victims had the capacity for such a tussle, putting their “careers in danger”.

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Mr. Charan...anyone can morph any kind of picture with latest technology so may you did the same and blaming public because of your career...People suggestion are right regarding your issue. Atleast the forthcoming of your picture should boycott in abroad (US/UK) since most IT professionals lived and you will be see impact.

from:  Eswar
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 19:54 IST

He is trying to be smart, diverting the people that technies are drunk and softly threatening that he don't want to spoil their career.
Mr charan firstly you should think about your career, you don't have any image for yourself and talking about others.
People should teach him a lesson by not watching his movies then he come down.

from:  suresh
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 16:49 IST

The Hindu known for reporting high quality news on its front page seems to be ignoring the quality factor these days. The news on the incident involving actor Ram Charan Tej and two software engineers does'nt deserve to be carried on its front page for three days in a row.

from:  M. Ranga Rao
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 13:40 IST

It has become a habit/status symbol for the sons and family members of influential people to flex their muscle whenever they get an oppurtunity. They want to show the world that they are the bosses and they can get away with anything. It may been alright in the past but with media being so active and particularly T V Channels being omnipresent these brats can't act in a way they were used to. In the instant case it seems more than probable that Charan , son of Chiranjeevi has definately somrthing to explain. Simply blaming media and ' drunk ' software professionals won't do.

from:  K ASHOK KUMAR
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 10:17 IST
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