Hyderabad: Controversies continue to haunt filmmaker Ramgopal Varma as shooting of his latest Telugu film `Bezawada Rowdeelu` (Rowdies of Vijayawada) was cancelled today after police withdrew permission in the wake of protests by local groups in Vijayawada.
Local groups like `Sarvodaya Mandali` were objecting to the title and content of the film, which is reportedly based on the gang wars in Vijayawada in the 1970s and 1980s.
Police initially granted permission for shooting of the film at various locations in Vijayawada and accordingly Varma completed 10 days of shooting in the Old City area.
However, trouble began two days ago when some local groups took exception to the film`s title and content and wanted the shooting stalled. They claimed that the film
would revive the gory past of the city and provoke youths to take to violence.
Led by lawyer and Congress leader Naraharisetti Srihari, the local groups demanded that Verma read out the film`s script to them before going ahead with the shoot.
"We have withdrawn the permission. We are examining the whole issue. We asked them to submit fresh application. Yesterday, we received two petitions opposing the title and
content," Vijayawada City Police Commissioner Amit Garg told reporters.