The division of Andhra Pradesh into Seemandhra and Telangana has caused a big upheaval in all spheres of life in the state. Telugu film industry is biggest victim of this development. The Samaikyandhra supporters' outburst in the Seemandhra region has created uncertainty in the release of the several big budget movies, which were to rock at the Box Office during the festive season of Independence day, Varamahalakshmi festival, Raksha Bandhan and Krishna Janmashtami.
Various activists groups in Seemandha have been holding protest marches and hunger strikes ever since the UPA Government announced its decision to split the state on July 28. They have paralysed the normal life in 13 districts, where public transport, cinema halls, petrol bunks, educational institutions and shops and other establishments have been closed down for a couple of weeks. This continued protests have delayed the releases of a few big-budget movies like Pawan Kalyan's Attarintiki Daredi and Ram Charan Teja's Yevadu.
Now, the Samaikhyandhra supporters are all set for a showdown in Hyderabad on September 7 and they have already sought permission from the Police Department for it. To counter this, the Osmania University JAC has given a call for a Million March on the same day and they have also filed a request for permission. These movements are sure to force the makers of a few other movie to postpone their release dates.
They have created an uncertainty in the release of a total of 10 big-budget Telugu movies. Continue to see the details of those films in the slideshow.
Pawan Kalyan's Attarintiki Daredi, which has been produced with a hefty sum of Rs 40+ crore was to hit the screens on August 7, but the Samaikhyandhra agitations have delayed its release. Although there are several rumours doing rounds regarding its release, producer BVSN is yet confirm any date for it.
Akkineni Nagarjuna's Bhai, which is one of the big-budget flicks of the year, was slated to hit the screens in the last week of August. Following the prevailing political situation, its producers are yet to announce a fresh date for it.
Venkatesh-Ram starrer Gol Maal, which is a Telugu remake of Bollywood movie Bol Bachchan, is also one of the big-budget flicks of the year. The film was earlier scheduled to release in the last week of August. Now, the makers are reportedly confused about its release date as a host of biggies are waiting to release.
Ram Charan Teja's Toofan, which is simultaneously made and released with Zanjeer in Hindi, is scheduled to release on September 6. But the Telangana-Seemandhra showdown on September 7 would definitely force its makers to delay the movie.
Junior NTR's Ramayya Vasthavayya is another most-awaited big-budget film of the year. The movie is slated to release on September 27. Although director Harish Shankar said that there is no change in its date, the experts from the industry feel that the agitations will continue further and put it on hold.
Nani's Paisa is one of the most-awaited films in Tollywood. With its audio hitting the stalls in the mid of May 2013, the movie is scheduled to release in second week of September. Tollywood experts feel that it will also be affected by Samaikyandhra movement.
Manchu Manoj's Potugadu is another big-budget flick of the year. The makers are thinking of finding a date for its release in September, but probably they will have second thought about it.
Arya and Anushka Shetty's Varna, which is simultaneously made as Irandaam Ulagam in Tamil, is slated to release on September 7. But the Telangana-Seemandhra showdown on September 7 would definitely force its makers to delay the movie.
Karthi's Biriyani, which is simultaneously made in Tamil with the same name, is slated to hit the screens on September 6. But it should be seen whether it would hit the screens on time or not.