Nandi Awards: Embarrassed AP Govt indulges in blame game!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:45

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu came up with a brilliant idea to hold Nandi Awards for the five years from 2012 – 2016 in glitzy manner at Amaravathi, the new capital city, to attract the national media coverage. He hoped that this five-year event would bring all major stars on same stage that would put the city in limelight. He hoped that this event would also convince the Tollywood celebrities to put their base in AP moving from Hyderabad. So far so good. Idea was good but the execution has failed with the selection of awards turned a huge embarrassment for the government.
 
With Nandamuri Balakrishna’s commercial action entertainer ‘Legend’ bagging 9 Nandi awards in 2014, the awards attracted huge controversy. Moreover, critically-acclaimed ‘Manam’ was side-lined and Gunasekhar’s historical movie ‘Rudhramadevi’ was ignored. Soon after announcing the awards, a major section of Tollywood (this section also belongs to Andhra region) had raised objections and criticized that the government has given the awards to a particular community en bloc.
 
Realizing that the awards announcement put the government in embarrassing situation, Chief Minister Naidu said his government had no role in selecting the winners. He blamed some over-enthusiastic jury members.