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Cause for concern: Writer Singamaneni Narayana speaking at a meeting against Ramgopal Varma’s proposed film on factional feuds in Anantapur on Wednesday.
Cause for concern: Writer Singamaneni Narayana speaking at a meeting against Ramgopal Varma’s proposed film on factional feuds in Anantapur on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Adverse impact feared of ‘Raktha Charitha’ based on Suri-Ravi feuds

ANANTAPUR: Speakers at a meeting organised by All-India Students’ Federation (AISF) have observed that Ramgopal Varma’s proposed film with the theme of factional feuds between Maddelacheruvu Suri and Paritala Ravi families will do no good to people in the district.

The meeting was held on Wednesday in protest against the film-maker’s proposal to make a film on factional feuds between the two families with the name ‘Raktha Charitha’. Objecting to the proposal and very name of the feature film, the speakers said the district had the history which was dotted with woes of people suffering due to frequent drought conditions.

Never in the history of the district was there large-scale blood shed as was being felt by the film-maker except few years, when there was struggle between different groups for supremacy over the district. Several films already made with the theme of factional feuds in Rayalaseema region had depicted the rich cultural and social heritage of the region in completely distorted and false manner.

Adverse impact

They suggested the film-maker not to attribute the fight for supremacy between two families to the entire district by making the film. As such films were likely to have adverse impact on the society, particularly on the youth, efforts of the film-maker should be obstructed in the beginning itself. Stopping making of the film was must to protect the social and social and human values in the district, they felt.

The speakers stated that 65 of the last 150 years of the district were completely drought years with people facing difficulty even for safe drinking water.

The district would be the poorest in respect of irrigation potential even after the completion of ongoing ‘Jalayagnam’ programme according to the government itself, they said.

They suggested the film-maker to make a film on vagaries of drought in the district instead.

They also demanded the government not to permit making of the film keeping view the sensitive theme and its possible impact on the peaceful atmosphere in the district.

They felt that glorification of factional feuds by the mass media was the main culprit for treatment of people of the district in other parts with a sense of suspicion as violence-mongers.

Senior leader of CPI M.V. Ramana, writer Singamaneni Narayana, G. Nagabhushanam of BSP, M.C. Venkataswamy of STU, Nagendra Gowd of NSUI, I. Bayanna of AISF and several others spoke at the meeting.


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