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Only elites oppose Telangana: KCR

Special Correspondent

Says common public in Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra not against separate State

— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Neutral stand: Actor Jagapathi Babu speaking at the audio release of the film ‘Jai Bholo Telangana' at Ravindra Bharati in Hyderabad on Saturday, as leaders from Telangana look on.

HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday cited the example of film hero V. Jagapathi Babu to drive home the point that common public in coastal and Rayalaseema districts were not against separate Telangana.

Mr. Babu, who hails from Machilipatnam in Krishna district, starred in ‘Jai bolo Telangana' film which has a satiric song “garedu chestundru, gadbad chestundru” written by KCR. The audio cassette of the film comprising seven songs was released at Ravindra Bharati. Other song writers include noted Telangana poet Andesri who scripted the title song, a lecturer Nandini Sidda Reddy, balladeer Gaddar, well known lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja and folk singer Goreti Venkanna.

Actor lauded

The TRS chief said only a handful of people from elitist sections in coastal districts were opposed to separate State. He praised the involvement of Jagapati Babu in the film. Referring to his own song which was played to the audience, Mr. Rao said he was surprised it had turned out so good. He thanked music director Chakri for infusing life into the song.

Jagapathi Babu said he acted in the film as an artiste and did not have any other considerations. He was keen to act and made the decision instantly. He was not the kind to make a distinction between caste, religion and region.

Gaddar said the song he presented to the film was the third in his lifetime for the industry after “bandenuka bandi katti…” and “bhadram koduko…”. Andesri said his song was not meant for the film. It was part of his gallery.

Film producer and director N. Shankar and Chakri also spoke. KCR's associate R. Vidyasagar Rao, an irrigation expert, who plays the role of father-in-law of Jagapathi Babu and TRS spokesman Shravan Kumar who donned the role of a police officer were also present.

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