R Narayana Murthy is a revolutionary filmmaker and is known for exposing exploitation and injustice through his movies. When he found that the Tollywood was not getting its due respect at the celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema, he could not resist blasting the organisers of the event, which was held in Chennai. He created ruckus on the stage on the second day of the event.
While some dance performance was going, R Narayana Murthy stormed on to the stage and took to the mike. In a pit of anger, the filmmaker charged, "This 100 years celebrations, which should be held in a grand and dignified way, are being celebrated cheaply as an audio release function with item songs. The dais has to be named on Raghupati Venkayya Naidu's name, who is the pride of South Indian film industry."
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The revolutionary director added, "It is unfortunate that in a function which is dedicated to Telugu films, we are felicitating Tamil director like Balachandar instead of our Telugu stalwarts like Dasari Narayana Rao, Vishwanath, Raghavender rao, Rama Naidu. There is no doubt that Balachandar is a stalwart. But shouldn't we have the nature of felicitating our own people."
Narayana Murthy's sudden burst out left many in shock. Telugu actor Dr Rajasekhar and SIFCC president C Kalyan tried to snatch the mike and send him down forcibly from the stage. Finally, the upset director walked out of the event, but the organisers gasped to digest the whole scene.