Special Correspondent

KHAMMAM: ‘Adurs’, the much-awaited movie of Junior NTR, could draw good audiences and got good opening at the box office in Khammam despite threat from some pro-Telangana outfits on Wednesday.

It was released at major towns such as Khammam, Palvancha, Sathupally, Bhadrachalam and Wyra. It was screened for four shows without any interruption at all the centres, barring Yellandu, where the theatre management preferred not to go for it in view of the threat calls from certain organisations.

The police and the Telugu Desam leadership played an effective role in ensuring trouble-free screening of the movie. Almost every theatre in the district was given total police protection. The police, a day in advance, had meetings with the local leaders who gave a call for banning the movie. At places, the Telugu Desam Party leaders also made appeals to the pro-Telangana activists not to come in the way of the screening the movie. By and large the opening day was bereft of any major trouble.

‘Spare film artistes’

Telugu Ryothu State secretary Kilaryu Nageswar Rao appealed to all political parties fighting for separate Telangana to spare film artistes by considering cinema as a major industry generating employment for thousands of people from the region.

Addressing a news conference in front of Venugopal theatre in Palvancha, he said Junior NTR was an actor born in the region and he had nothing to do with the unified Andhra agitation.

At Yellandu , thousands of fans of Junior NTR made a beeline before the Sitaram theatre this morning expecting release of ‘Adurs’.

Since, the theatre is located in the vicinity of the TRS town office, its owner T. Satyanarayana voluntarily stopped the release of the move. In Khammam, Junior NTR fans thronged Srinivasa theatre in large numbers.