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It's party time for Telugu cinema stars

Krishna Telugu Desam Party, which realized the importance of glamour, has recently started seducing the film stars. In a mass induction program that held at Hyderabad by Rama Naidu studios the following celebrities joined as members of TDP. They are EVV Satyanarayana, Murali Mohan, Suman, Srikanth, Ali, Raja Ravindra, Nutan Prasad, Raasi, Laya, Vijaya Nirmala, LB Sriram, Mallikharjuna Rao, Jaggarao, Y Nageswara Rao and Boyina Subba Rao has taken membership. Out of the above bunch of members, it is learnt that EVV has played a vital role in getting all his loyalists like Srikanth, Ali, Raasi, Laya, LB Sriram and Mallikharjuna Rao as the members. Suman, Y Nageswara Rao and Boyina Subba Rao are the regulars of Rama Naidu films. Interestingly Superstar Krishna too attended the mass conversion ceremony. It is rumored that he too will join the bandwagon at a later date after discussing the implication of his political move on his loyal fans. In the past too Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna and Chiranjeevi has given positive statements about the leadership of Chandrababu Naidu. In a state like AP, the adulation for the favorite stars does go beyond watching the films; a cinema star joining politics can have some negative implications too. It unfortunate to see the only Superstar Krishna could care for his fans by weighing the options, instead of blindly joining the party in the power to get undue advantages in other forms in the future.

It's always been the fight between the poor and the rich

As the visible stars and technicians skyrocket their remunerations, the untold heroes behind the scenes are getting exploited as they fail to make their ends meet. As a result, there is always a divide of rich and poor with the invisible feudalism running undercurrent in the film industry. And just like the attitude of our unyielding government, our producers and other responsible people too take the back seats and only wake up when there is a serious trouble.

This is what happened when the light boys went for a flash strike on Sunday morning. The entire Telugu cinema shootings came to halt and the people who were napping till that time sprang back to action by approaching the union explaining the delay in the decision making process to hike their price. The industry big wigs went on a mission of negotiation; include P Kiran, Shyam Prasad Reddy, Arjuna Raju, D Suresh Babu and KC Sekhar Babu. They could convince 90% of the members. But the resilient 10% was unwilling to understand the concern of the producers. The strike was called of on Tuesday morning, exactly after 48 hours. Our producers believe in reaction than proaction. What do you say?

Chennai producers act tough

As Telugu producers happily oblige to dance to the tune of Telugu heroes, Chennai producers seems to have realized implications of the same. Thanks to the row between film artistes and film producers, all production activities have come to a grinding halt in the state of Tamilnadu. Producers claim that the domination of artistes is reaching an all-time high despite the fact that very few of the films released are proving successful. Producers are uniformly of the opinion that only 10% of the money should be given as advance to the artistes and, if for some reason, the project is abandoned, the artistes must return the advances. Also, other than stars like Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijayakant, Vijay and Ajit, the rest of the artistes should be paid in accordance with box-office profit, they say. If the artistes want their own make-up man or assistants, they are required to pay them out of their own pockets, conclude the producers. On the other hand, the artistes insist that this is a plot to discriminate against them.

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