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Ramgopal Varma brings Andhra political news on celluloid

The trailer of Kamma Rajyam lo Kadapa Reddlu is out and it is clear who Ramgopal Varma’s target audience is. It is the cadre of the three principal parties in Andhra Pradesh and given the lukewarm reception Varma’s movies get these days at the box-office, it is clear he is targeting a wide base with this production. It will be like watching a dramatised version of the news on the big screen. 

Compared to Lakshmi’s NTR which for the present-day generation told the story of a different century altogether, this movie is rooted in present-day politics and is close as it can get. 

Given Varma’s run-in with Chandrababu Naidu over the release of Lakshmi’s NTR, it is obvious that the movie is slanted towards the YSRCP and Jaganmohan Reddy. Nara Lokesh looks like being made to look sissy, given to shedding tears, while Naidu is shown as scheming in the dark shadows. Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena activists and film fans too are not likely to be too pleased with the way their leader has been projected, if the trailer is any indication

A shot of Naidu serving pappu (lentils) to Lokesh is a below the belt scene as the TDP general secretary, like Rahul Gandhi, is derisively referred to as Andhra’s Pappu by his detractors. Enough hints are also dropped about Naidu plotting violence in Vijayawada in a bid to destablise the government.

Lakshmi’s NTR atleast had a figleaf of being based on true events of Naidu overthrowing his father-in-law from the CM’s chair in 1995. But this fictional take is bound to irk the TDP supremo and his party. The question will be asked if it is acceptable for anyone to construct a damaging storyline around a living leader, that too someone who has been CM.

The problem with RGV’s political products is that they all follow a set pattern that has become extremely predictable. And like all his movies, this one too is likely to witness much slugfest before the release, ensuring he will stay in the news more for the subject of the movie than its creative treatment.

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