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‘Jai Bolo Telangana' hits the screens; protests in Ongole

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KCR sees film along with family and his associates; Samaikyandhra supporters on a ‘Gandhigiri' drive

- Photos: Nagara Gopal & Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Mixed response:TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and film director N. Shankar coming out after watching the film in Hyderabad on Friday. (Right) Supporters of Samaikyandhra offer roses to those who came to watch the film in Vijayawada.


HYDERABAD: ‘Jai Bolo Telangana', a film based on Telangana agitation, whose release was surrounded by controversy following objections raised by the Film Censor Board, finally hit the screens on Friday.

The movie, starring Jagapati Babu and Smruti Irani in lead roles, was released with much fanfare at a theatre here in the presence of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao who himself wrote one of the songs. Incidentally, Mr. Rao's song “garadi chestundru, gadibidi chestundru” was at the centre of the controversy on the ground that it was insulting.

Mr. Rao watched the show with his family members and associates K. Jayashankar and R. Vidyasagar Rao who played the role of Jagapati Babu's father. The film also featured several active participants in the Telangana struggle, including Gaddar and M. Kodandaram.

The film is woven around the love story of an unmarried couple from different regions which remained inconclusive till the end, reflecting the saga of Telangana movement. The role of the couple was played by a Hyderabad based youth Sandeep who made his debut in films and Meera Nandan, a Malayalee actress. All important events in the movement since the indefinite hunger strike by KCR in November 2009 have been captured.

The film also projects suicide by students, alleged police atrocities on university campuses and rural poverty in Telangana. The parallel agitation in coastal districts led by political leadership was mixed with the love story. Meera who plays the role of a girl from Vijayawada is the victim of attack by a young leader of coastal districts. She is stabbed because she refused to marry him.

There was an abrupt end to the film as the love story was not carried forward beyond the attack, leaving the viewers guessing.

Ongole Staff Reporter writes: Students, under the banner of Samaikya Andhra Rashtra Vidyardhi Joint Action Committee (SARV-JAC), protested against N. Shankar-directed ‘Jai Bolo Telangana' by viewing the film with flowers in their ears.

The police stepped up security at the cinema halls screening the film, which portrayed the Telangana history and the agitation for statehood.

The JAC members, led by its district convener R. Jagadeesh, took exception to the film's content and scenes, and described it as an attempt to hoodwink the people.

They warned the director not to make film that fan regional passions. They also said that actor Jagapathi Babu would not be allowed to enter Seemandhra if he continued to act in such films.

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