No change in Lakshmi’s NTR release in Telangana

There is unlikely to be any change in the release of the movie Lakshmi’s NTR in Telangana today.

The film, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, has attracted wide attention in the backdrop of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections as the story is centred around late N.T. Rama Rao, a super star who became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh within nine months of joining politics.

The film’s public relations agency said on Thursday that there would be no obstacle for screening of the movie in Telangana. “We are planning to move House Motion in the Supreme Court and are hoping to secure an order for screening of the movie,” the agency personnel said. Already, a Division Bench of the Telangana High Court has declined to intervene in the release of the movie and another film titled Lakshmi’s Veergrantham after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to stall the release of the two movies was filed. The Bench headed by Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan observed that there was material to suggest that public interest was involved in postponing the release of the movie.

Asked if releasing the movie in Telangana would give scope for circulation of its pirated version, the PR agency said every film faces that risk irrespective of the area. The film’s story is based on the rise and fall of the late NTR, who founded Telugu Desam Party, and emerged victorious in different elections in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh State.

Stay ordered in A.P.

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday ordered a stay on the screening of the movie till April 3.

The biopic on N.T. Rama Rao was scheduled to hit the screens on March 29, but it has to wait for the green signal from the court now.

The court ordered that the movie be specially screened for them in the Judges’ chamber on April 3 to enable them to look into arguments of both sides and then deliver the verdict.

It may be recalled that a TDP worker had filed a petition in the court seeking a stay on the release of the movie alleging that it showed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in a negative way, and it could have a bearing on his poll prospects.

Meanwhile, the senior civil judge court in Mangalagiri issued a temporary injunction on releasing the movie in theatres and broadcasting it through any satellite channel or social media platform till April 15.

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