From Pawan Kalyan reaching the Gannavaram airport to Naidu's office, viewers were given minute to minute updates

Pawan Kalyan meets Chandrababu Naidu Telugu media goes batshit crazyNaidu receives Pawan Kalyan (Image: Twitter/Andhra Pradesh CM)
Flix Andhra Pradesh Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 17:31

Popular Telugu actor and Jana Sena founder Pawan Kalyan met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday to discuss among other things, the issue of land acquisition in Thullur.

However, what was more amusing to watch than the meet itself, was the media frenzy that circled the event.

From Pawan Kalyan reaching the Gannavaram airport to Naidu's office, viewers were given minute to minute updates.

Naidu welcomed Pawan for the meeting, which was scheduled to last for an hour. 

Addressing a gathering of reporters after the meet, he said "I could not make it for the foundation laying ceremony of 'Amaravati', and I came here first, to convey my wishes to the chief minister. Secondly, I came to highlight some of the troubles that some villagers face in the capital region." 

He also added that the two of them discussed the controversial move by the state to begin bauxite mining in the state's Agency area of Visakhapatnam.

"There was also talk about the granting of a 'special status' to Andhra," Pawan added.

From the moment word spread in journalist circles on Wednesday that Pawan Kalyan had sought an appointment with Naidu, the media went berserk and seemingly lost their minds.

HMTV had a one-hour news analysis program with politicians from the TRS, Congress, Lok Satta, TDP and BJP even before the meet. 

Before the actor could reach Naidu's camp office in Vijayawada, reporters and television crews, armed with equipment, charged at the actor's convoy as his flight landed in the Gannavaram airport.

Policemen and security personnel were deployed to keep the media and fans at bay as each television channel got shaky shots of Pawan.

No one was spared, even the likes of BJP leader and MP Kamineni Srinivas was cornered by the media as he was entering the CM's camp office, for a 'byte'.

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who was travelling from Hyderabad to Delhi was also cornered at the Hyderabad airport, around 300 km away from the place of the actual meeting. 

While she refused to comment about the meeting, the media did get a quote about Andhra's 'special status' from her.

With the meeting underway and the media seemingly restless to churn something out, channels like 10TV, with headlines like 'Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan Meeting Continues' ran a 3-second video footage on loop endlessly.

TV9 Telugu went one step further and ran a story on why Pawan wore a white dhoti to meet Naidu. (Kartheeka masam pooja, for those who were actually wondering.)

After all the hassle, Pawan addressed an overcrowded press conference which lasted less than half an hour.The first two minutes were lost in calming the chaos followed by a five minute statement and 15 minutes of taking soft questions from the reporters. 

In August, Pawan had hit out at the ruling TDP-BJP combine in the state and strongly opposed the forcible land acquisition for the state's capital and urging the government to resolve the issue amicably by convincing farmers with written assurances that their interests will be protected.

Pawan, who had campaigned for the Telugu Desam Party-Bharatiya Janata Party (TDP-BJP) alliance in last year's elections, had also advised the government not to build a capital after causing misery to farmers.

Pawan still remains an actor first and is busy with his upcoming film Sardar Gabbar Singh, which is expected to release in February 2016.

And hopefully, he doesn't have any high profile appointments this week, journalists too need a break!

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