Nandamuri Balakrishna recently made some controversial statements on AR Rahman and said ‘he don’t know who is he’, The legend actor also compared himself to Hollywood director James Cameron. Nandamuri Balakrishna Is facing flak for the same.
Actor-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna, who’s known for making controversial remarks, has yet again courted controversy with his remarks in a recent interview. This time, the veteran Telugu actor has made degrading comments about two-time Oscar Award-winning musician along with all the awards.
Speaking to a local TV channel, Balakrishna said that he does not know who Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman is. What’s more, he goes on to insult the prestigious Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, and claims it’s not even worthy of his father, late NTR’s toenail.
Balakrishna said, “All these awards are equal to my foot. No award can compensate for the contribution of my family to Telugu cinema. I also heard that someone called AR Rahman won an Oscar award. I don’t even know who Rahman is. I feel Bharat Ratna NTR kaligoru ki samaanam (Bharat Ratna is equal to NTR’s toenail). So those awards must feel bad, not my family or my father.”
Boasting about his achievements and working style, Balakrishna said that he wants to finish off the shootings of his movies quickly and not like to shoot a film for years. “I like to wrap up my shootings quickly unlike that Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron who stretches shootings for years. I believe in making more movies and scoring more hits in less time. That’s my style of working,” he added.
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His remarks have come under severe criticism. Many have condemned him for not only speaking less about AR Rahman, but undermining the value of all other awards.
Ironically, AR Rahman had scored the background music for Balakrishna’s 1993 film Nippu Ravva.
Meanwhile, the veteran telugu actor is currently shooting for his upcoming film Akhanda with Boyapati Sreenu. This is the actor’s third film with Boyapati after Simha and Legend and the duo are optimistic about scoring a hattrick of hits. Akhanda, which features Pragya Jaiswal as the female lead, was slated to release this summer but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.