The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the makers of 'Lakshmi's NTR' and asked them to file a counter to a petition filed by an MLA of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) over a song from the film, which allegedly talks about Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
TDP MLA from Pithapuram S V S N Varma objected to the visuals of the song which was uploaded online and alleged that it was attempting to portray Naidu as a 'traitor' who back stabbed TDP founder and former Chief Minister N T Rama Rao and defame him. He said that the song suggested that the movie would portray Naidu as a villain. He also demanded that the court issue orders to the Censor Board and the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry to delete the song.
After hearing the legislator's plea, a division bench comprising Chief Justice T B Radhakrishnan and Justice Rajasekhar Reddy issued notices to the makers of the film including film's producer Rakesh Reddy.
In December, TDP members in their response to the same song, had burnt photos and effigies of film director Ram Gopal Varma in front of the AP Film Chamber Hall in Vijayawada. They raised slogans against RGV, demanding that he pull down the song.
Parvathi was the second wife of NTR. He married her in 1993, a few months before he returned to power with a landslide victory. However, NTR's son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu led an internal party coup and became Chief Minister in August 1995, citing Parvathi's growing interference in administration and party affairs.
NTR had launched a campaign against Naidu for 'backstabbing'. He died in January 1996 at the age of 72. Since then, Parvathi had been living in political oblivion, until 2014, when she joined the YSRCP.
There are two biopics of NTR currently in the making. While NTRâ€™s son and actor-politician Balakrishna who is close to Naidu, has starred in one, Ram Gopal Varma had announced that he would be making a biopic from Lakshmi Parvathiâ€™s viewpoint and titled the film Lakshmiâ€™s NTR.