Andhra CM assures protection to Telugu film industry
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 17:51
Hyderabad: Amidst talk that the Telugu film industry might relocate to its old base Chennai in the wake of growing attacks on film production units and offices by Telangana activists, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah today assured the industry of "all support and protection" to continue its business in the state.

"I will talk to the film industry people and ask them what type of protection they need. We will take steps according to the industry's requirements. They need not go back to Chennai again," he told reporters here.

Rosaiah noted that the Telugu film industry shifted its base from Chennai to Hyderabad after years of persuasion by successive governments.

"The industry has been providing employment to thousands of people of Andhra Pradesh and not any particular region. It is a very important industry and we have offered many incentives for its development in the state," the Chief Minister observed.

Not just Telugu films but also many Bollywood movies were being shot in Hyderabad what with world class facilities available at Ramoji Film City.

"You need not worry. There is no need for relocating to Chennai. I am appealing to the film industry people not to entertain such thoughts as the government will fully support them," Rosaiah promised.

condemning the recent attacks on film production units by the Telangana activists, the Chief Minister pointed out that there were many stars, producers, directors, writers and workers from the Telangana region in the film industry.

"Upcoming hero Nitin is from Telangana while popular comedian Venu Madhav is also from the region. Who else can be a more popular face than Gyanpeeth awardee C Narayan Reddy, who is also from Telangana," he said.

"All those working in the Telugu film industry are from our state? Andhra Pradesh? though the region-wise percentage may vary. As the Chief Minister, I too belong to all the three regions," Rosaiah said.

He said actor-producer Mohan Babu gave up the idea of taking out a peace rally in Hyderabad after he prevailed upon him not to precipitate matters following the controversy over the actor's support for a unified Andhra Pradesh.

"Young heroes Mahesh Babu and NTR Junior haven't spoken anything for or against Telangana but still their film sets were attacked. In fact, property worth crores of rupees was destroyed in the attack on Mahesh Babu's film set at Vikarabad," the Chief Minister pointed out.

He appealed to the Telangana protagonists not to resort to such attacks and cause harm to the industry.


First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 17:51

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