Eminent personalities from Telugu film industry called on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who kick-started BJP's national election campaign in Hyderabad on Sunday (August 11). Actors, producers, directors and others met Modi at a hotel and discussed issues related to the film industry. It is reported that Tollywood celebs requested Modi to keep Seemandhra and Telangana united.
The meeting assumed significance in view of the apprehensions in the film industry following the central government's decision to carve out a separate Telangana state. A section of film industry fears the formation of separate state with Hyderabad as its capital may hit the film industry, which is dominated by artists from Andhra region.
Those who met Modi included popular actor N Balakrishna, brother-in-law of Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, veteran actor Mohan Babu, his actor sons Vishnu Manchu and Manoj Manchu and actress daughter Lakshmi Manchu. Veteran actors Murali Mohan, Suman, Jagapati Babu, actress Gowtami, producers D Rama Naidu, Suresh Babu, Raghvendra Rao, Dil Raju and music director Keeravani also met Modi.
We bring you more details about Narendra Modi's opinion about NTR and Mohan Babu's excitement over meeting Modi. Continue to see them in the Slideshow.
Narendra Modi Recalled NTR
Narendra Modi, who has made Congress-mukt Bharat (Congress-free India) his pet slogan, recalled TDP founder NT Rama Rao and said, "The best tribute to NTR would be to build a Congress-free India."
Modi Wants NTR's Dream To Be Fulfilled
"I am sure political parties in the state will work to ensure that the Congress is driven out of power. For the TDP, which has NTR's legacy, it should see to it that his dream is fulfilled," Modi said, at his first major rally since being anointed the chairman of the party's campaign committee.
Mohan Babu Proud of Lakshmi For Organising Meet
Lakshmi Manchu had organised the meet between Modi and Tollywood celebs. Her father Mohan Babu thanked her for this wonderful work. The senior actor tweeted, "I am very proud of my wonderful daughter @lakshmimanchu for organising a meet and greet 4 the film fraternity w @narendramodi."
Mohan Babu Shares Insights About AP With Modi
Mohan Babu further tweeted, "I had an exclusive opportunity to meet w Mr @narendramodi and share some insights abt our state. May The Lord bless him to be our next PM."
Mohan Babu Not Affiliated With Any Political Party.
Mohan Babu added, "I want to take the opportunity to thank CH Vidyasagar, BJP leader for arranging the meeting. FYI I am NOT affiliated w any political party."
Rana Dagubatti With Modi
Rana Dagubatti was one of the young actors, who met Narendra Modi on the occasion. He wished him good luck for the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
MM Keeravani With Modi
Musician MM Keeravani attended the Tollywood celebs' meeting with Narendra Modi. He looked all excited as he posed for photographers with the latter.
Jagapathi Babu With Modi
Jagapathi Babu, who hails from Machilipatnam in Vijayawada district, also met Narendra Modi on the occasion. He seemed to be very happy as he chatted with the latter.
K Raghavendra Rao With Modi
Critically-acclaimed director K Raghavendra Rao met Narendra Modi and wished him good luck for upcoming elections.
Dil Raju With Modi
Dil Raju, one of big-budget producers, was also present at the meeting of Tollywood celebs with Narendra Modi. He was said to have tried to convince the latter to keep AP united as it was earlier.