Senior Congress leader and former MP V Hanumantha Rao triggered controversy over Telugu film Arjun Reddy once again on Tuesday, after he asked Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to watch the movie and issue orders to stop its screening all over Telangana.
The Times of India quoted VHR, as Rao is commonly known, as claiming that the film was encouraging drug use, and also showing a doctor treating patients in an inebriated condition.
"The movie is giving a wrong message to the people. In this film, a girl becomes pregnant as a result of ragging. By watching this movie, there is a possibility that doctors working in hospitals may also start treating patients after consuming alcohol. I have already lodged complaints with the Censor Board and city police commissioner Mahender Reddy," VHR was quoted as saying.
Arjun Reddy, which is being directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, stars Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey, and the story is set against the backdrop of a medical student’s life.
As part of the promotion, the makers have released posters which depict Shalini and Vijay kissing.
Last week, the veteran Rajya Sabha MP stopped an RTC bus in Hyderabad and tore the film’s poster stuck on it.
He reportedly said that such posters were responsible for corrupting the youth and ruining their future.
Responding to this, the actor took to Facebook, and said, “Thathayya, Chill,” (grandpa chill), much to everyone's amusement.
Music for the film is done by Radhan, while the movie has been produced by Pranay Reddy Vanga.
The film was awarded an ‘A’ certificate for its mature content and a dialogue was also muted by the CBFC.
Vijay Devarakonda’s previous film Pellichoopulu won a National Award and was also a commercial success.