RGV will have to pay price, warns Radha

Hyderabad, December 26: Vangaveeti Radha has warned filmmaker Ramgopal Verma that he will have to pay the price for his movie “Vangaveeti”.

Radha today said Verma will be a taught lesson. “You will see,” he remarked when reporters asked him how will Verma be a taught a lesson.

After paying tributes to his late father and former Vijayawada MLA Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga Rao on his death anniversary, Radha alleged that the filmmaker distorted history in his film just to make money.

He said if Verma needs money Ranga followers will make donations to ensure that he never faces any financial problem.

Radha said if the filmmaker thinks that by distorting the history he can damage the late leader’s image, he is wrong. “Such attempts will only increase the number of followers of Ranga,” he said.

Ranga’s warning came three days after the movie was released in the two Telugu states.

Ranga Followers’ Association on Saturday filed a complaint against with state human rights commission alleging that Verma portrayed a particular section of the society as rowdies in his film and sought action against him.

Demanding that the objectionable scenes be deleted from the movie, the association threatened to launch an agitation.

Human rights commission has asked Censor Board to submit a comprehensive report on the issue before January 16.

The film is based on the real life story of the rivalry between Ranga and former minister Rajasekhar alias Nehru.

Ranga, a leader of Congress party and belonging to the Kapu community, was murdered on December 26, 1988 when he was on hunger strike, sparking unprecedented violence in Vijayawada and other parts of Krishna district as well as neighbouring districts. More than 40 people were killed in the violence.

Amid apprehensions that the movie may again trigger caste violence in the region, Verma had earlier this month met the members of the two rival families belonging to two different castes. 

Vangaveeti family had raised some objections to the movie but Verma refused to compromise.

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