As the release dates of Sankranthi films are nearing, the atmosphere in the T-town has been touching the highest degrees. Like you know, two films from the Nandamuri compound are gearing up to lock horns in the Pongal trail and the contradictory statements by Balakrishna and NTR about the clash, are now creating a confusion among their fan clubs, to decide on which route to take.
Are the Nandamuri heroes together? NTR says 'of course yes', while Balakrishna hints a clash saying only his son and grandson can come near to him for a competition. Read the latest happenings between the actors in the slides below, which makes the issue the most talked about one among the film circles, of late.
Talking at Dictator's platinum disc function, Balakrishna has made a strong statement that he only competes with himself and only his son or grandson could be his competitors as he would continue to act even in their times.
These comments of Balakrishna were linked to the on-going ruckus about the clash of Nandamuri heroes and the director of Dictator, Sriwass also shocked everyone by chanting 'Adevadu Veedu Evadu, Balayya Ki Addevadu' which precisely means, nobody can be a competition to Balayya.
Talking about the clash of films, NTR cleared the air that, it is only the producer's call and heroes has nothing to do with it while he stressed on the point that their is a space for 2-3 big films during the Sankranthi season.
Talking about his alleged rivalry with Babai Balakrishna, NTR trashed the reports and said they, as a family, they are always together while he questioned if he or Balakrisha has ever stated anything about their rivalry.
It is also being rumored that political involvements are creating theater problems to Nannaku Prematho. However, NTR trashed it saying nothing as such has come to his notice.
NTR also donated the prize money he won at Meelo Evaru Koteeswardu to the charities of Balakrishna, which indirectly indicates that he is not positive for a clash with Babai.
But the strange thing that is worrying Nandamuri fans is Balakrishna's silence on his alleged fight with NTR, while on the other hand, NTR is going all his way out to prove that his relations with Balayya are pretty normal.
Reason For The Issue
The most surprising thing of all is, nobody is sure about the cause that actually created a gap between the duo and they appeared fine till a couple of years ago. Babai-Abbai even graced each other's functions and everything looked like a happy tale but what is the real reason behind the alleged fight remains a mystery.
Balakrishna's Dictator, which is releasing on 14 January on the occasion of Pongal, has completed its censor formalities and was given U/A certification with no major cuts. The film is coming out as an action packed mass entertainer, which is targeted at all sections of audiences.
NTR's Nannaku Prematho, which is slated to release on 13 January, is going to have its censor screening today and the talk of the film is highly positive among the trade circles. It marks the 25th film of the actor and is considered prestigious as NTR is on a pressure to deliver a blockbuster, to prove his box office potential, since he has been lagging behind when compared to his competitors.
On this juncture, Nandamuri fans fear the films might eat into each other's collections. All the fears and confusion will hopefully find an answer this Sankranthi. Meanwhile, stay tuned to this space for more updates.