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TD picks NTR films to blunt Chiru effect

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K. Venkateshwarlu

70-minute film on films of NTR for ‘Yuva Garjana’

Captures the acting genre of the thespian

HYDERABAD: In yet another attempt to blunt the glamour quotient of film star Chiranjeevi, Telugu Desam party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu has commissioned a CD, “Sarileru Neekevvaru”, (literally there is none to match you) full of film clips of NTR in a variety of roles.

The well-produced 70- minute “film on films of NTR”, released by Mr. Naidu and screened at the party office for media persons on Monday, is sure to be a big hit among his fans and the party cadre alike. The film would be showed for the first time to people at the party’s prestigious event, ‘Yuva Garjana’ at Guntur on November 5.

The film captures the acting genre of the thespian, his versatility in living the roles of mythological characters as well as social reformer with élan and more appropriately the underlying social and political message. Clearly it tries to show NTR as the “greatest ever in the history of Telugu films” and that nobody could match him however much he may try. Apparently the TDP wants to invoke NTR, after ignoring him for quite a few years, to recollect and remind the Telugu audience that Chiranjeevi, for all his talent both possessed and acquired, was no match to the acting skills and political philosophy of NTR. After roping in film stars in NTR’s family, Mr. Naidu seem to have come up with another masterstroke of using NTR films to shrug off challenge from Chiranjeevi.

From the early film of 1953 “Jayasimha” in which NTR makes a mention of Telugu Desam for the first time to “Major Chandrakanth”, the film has all the famous roles he immortalised not leaving his powerful dialogues.

No wonder, Mr. Naidu said in almost every character NTR portrayed, it was loaded with social message and this has gone into the formation of Telugu Desam.

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