The Rs 10 billion worth Telugu filmdom, the second largest filmmaking industry in the country, is likely to be hit by the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, say industry members and add that big-budget films are likely to be affected the most. Telangana, the newly formed state carved out of Andhra Pradesh, will set up a separate film committee called Telangana Cinema Force to be headed by filmmaker N Shankar.
Filmmaker Murali Mohan, president of Movie Artists Association in Andhra, feels the division of the state will result in huge losses to the industry. "We have heard that there are plans to stop the release of films made by Andhra people in Telangana. If that happens, it will result in loss of crores. Telangana has about 10 districts and by not allowing release of a film in those places, you're affecting the business of the film," he said.
Mohan added: "I wish to see the industry united, but for that we need strict laws for both the states. A film eventually caters to the audience and how does it matter to which region the audience belongs to?"
The Telugu film industry is known for big stars like Nagarjuna and Pawan Kalyan. In the field of direction the likes of Puri Jagannadh and VV Vinayak shine on the firmament, while D Suresh Babu among others are established names in the production field. Known to be prolific, the industry churned out 94 Telugu films in 2010, 115 in 2011, 141 in 2012, and 131 films in 2013. Continue to read more experts' opinions in the slideshow. (IANS)