The indecent, high-handed and uncouth behaviour of a top Telugu actor and MLA has been caught on camera, and is going viral on social media.
Actor and TDP MLA from Hindupur, Nandamuri Balakrishna, was caught on camera whacking his assistant, and making him remove his shoes on the sets of his yet-untitled Telugu film.
While some media reports suggested that the actor made the assistant tie his shoe laces, the video shows his assistant stepping away from the actor, with shoes in his hand.
The actor reportedly was stepping in to attend a 'puja' and had to be barefoot to do so.
This is not the first time Balakrishna has found himself in such a situation. Last year, he hit someone who tried to take a selfie with him.
In fact, the actor has been part of several controversies. In March 2016, he spoke about actresses, saying, â€śIf I play eve-teasing roles, and just follow girls, my fans will not accept. Either a kiss should be given or they should be made pregnant. Thatâ€™s all. We have to commit ourselves.â€ť And â€śI too act naughty with the actresses... I pinch them sometimes.â€ť
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The actor and TDP MLA is very well connected in Andhra Pradesh. Balayya, as he is popularly known, is former Chief Minister NTR's son, and the brother-in-law of current Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. In fact, his daughter Brahmani Nandamuri is married to Nara Lokesh, who is Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's son and political heir.
This apart, his own following as an actor is huge, giving the actor a lot of influence with Telugu audiences - putting that much more responsibility on his for his actions and words in public.
(With IANS inputs)