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RGV slashes controversial scenes from Rakta Charitra

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Rakta Charitra
Ram Gopal Varma, who has made a mark as a director with lateral thinking, is all gung ho about his recently released Rakta Charitra. But just like all his past films, this one also had to come with its share of controversies. It is reported that Telugu Desam Party (TDP) recently, carried a protest asking the director to delete certain scenes from the film that projects former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao in poor light.

After the protestors took to the streets and stopped the screenings in certain theatres, that Varma, agreed to delete the scenes and dialogues that are deemed to be found objectionable. Though Ramu felt that the people staging these protests were ones who hadn't even seen the film, he did say that he himself was a big fan of the former CM and that if seen in a larger context of the film, one would grasp the essence of those scenes and dialogues.

Protestors in Anantapur, Hindupur, Eluru, Visakhapatnam, Karimnagar and other towns gathered outside theatres, raised slogans against Varma and burnt his effigy. They demanded a ban on the movie. Where TDP chief N. Chandraprabhu demanded that the director apologises, NTR's second wife Lakshmi Parvathi also felt that the scenes were objectionable. Family of Obul Reddy, one of the characters in the film also feels that even his own projection in the film isn't right.

The film, based on the factional war between two families in Anantapur, is the talk of the town as the followers of both the families waited to see if their leaders are projected right and as heroes or villains. Locals even had an issue with Varma using the name of the district in the film. They forced him to change it too Anandapuram.

With RGV giving into the demands of the protestors, one just hopes that the film goes on from here without any more hassles.

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