The battle between the makers of `Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ and the descendents of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, on whose life the Chiranjeevi-starrer is made, has got worse. The 22 legal heirs have now approached the Telangana State Human Rights Commission and the CBI, accusing the production house of going back on its promise of compensating the family members and worse, the regional censor board at Hyderabad of corruption.
In identical letters sent to both HRC and CBI, five of the fourth generation legal heirs have pointed out that despite the case pending in the Telangana High court, the censor board issued the UA certificate on the evening of 26 September. This was done, they allege, after a hefty monetary deal was struck.
“The Regional officer informed the High court and the Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification in Mumbai that this film is not a biography. Hence it is only a misguidance to the court and the Chairman as the producers themselves informed the press many times (about it being based on the life of Narasimha Reddy),” the complaint read.
In its caveat to the court, the production house mentions that
the film is based on the freedom struggle of India and the contribution of Late Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. The caveator after conducting extensive research from the material available in public record had made this movie.'' But for certification purpose, they intend to put a disclaimer saying, “it is not a biopic”.
The family members have urged the CBI and HRC to order a probe into the corruption at the Censor Board. While the HRC has accepted the complaint and given it a case number, the CBI has asked them to approach it through the court.