Telugu producer Katragadda Murari has called the recently concluded centenary celebrations of Indian cinema a "disgrace" for the Telugu film industry as several veterans were not invited and those who attended were not given due respect. Telugu actor-filmmaker R. Narayana Murthy left the function midway.
The four-day centenary celebrations, which kickstarted on September 21, concluded here Tuesday. On Monday, 41 legends of Indian cinema were honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee who presided over the event organised by the Tamil Nadu government and the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce.
Murari told IANS, "I'm surprised several industry veterans from Chennai were not even invited for the event. Artists such as Vennelakanti Rajeshwara Prasad and Bhuvanchandra were among those who were not invited. I was told I would be invited but nobody contacted me and therefore I decided not to go. It's a disgrace to our industry." He added, "If a committee is planning to honour an artist then it should let him or her know well in advance. Most of them didn't have a clue that they will be honoured until the minute they were called upon to receive their awards."
Murari said the event lacked a basic sense of planning. Continue to read more in the slideshow.