awards for year 2003 were presented by the Chief Minister
of AP, Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy on 10th November 2004
amidst spectacular crowds at a function organized
at Lalithakala Thoranam. Public Gardens, Hyderabad.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Coal
and Mines Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao said that Congress
party helped Telugu film industry from moving Chennai
to Hyderabad. It was initiated by Kasu Brahmananda
Reddy and completed by Marri Chenna Reddy. During
the campaign period of recent elections none of the
film personalitied from Telugu film industry came
forward to do promos for Congress party, though Congress
Party did a great favor to Telugu film industry whenever
it was in power. The artists should cooperate with
government and there is no harm in it. But they should
not behave like office bearers to the party. Even
then Congress party did not stage any revenge activities
on the celebrities who neglected Congress after coming
to the power. Dasari Narayana Rao said that the government
is taking appropriate decisions to help film industry.
also suggested that Telugu film industry should do
introspection about why it is going through slump.
Very few films are becoming hit. They should also
brainstorm about high budgets, rapidly increasing
remunerations and high rentals by exhibitors. Telugu
film industry should sacrifice a bit from their quarter
in order to bundle itself out of the crisis. Dasari
also cautioned about high ticket rates that are scaring
away regular audiences.
Narayana Rao also said the lack of award winning films
in Telugu. He recommended that Film Development Corporation
(FDC) should finance around 10 films a year with a
budget of 50 lakhs each, which would be made only
with the purpose of winning awards. Funds for these
films could be extracted from the entertainment tax
collected by Government from exhibitors.
Rajendra Prasad's speech:
Winner of Raghupati Venkaiah award - VB Rajendra Prasad
recollected that he won his first Nandi award in 1965
for his film 'Anthastulu' from Kasu Brahmananda Reddy.
He also said that Marri Chenna Reddy gave 90 acres
of land as residence area for the people of Telugu
film industry, which is now known as 'Film Nagar'.
In this year, Film Nagar came up with a daiva sannidhanam
in 18 months with 9 idols in single complex. VB Rajendra
Prasad thanked DVS Raju, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
and TL Kantha Rao for selecting him for this honor.
Rajasekhara Reddy's speech:
YS Rajasekhara Reddy said that he has not seen any
film in the past 20-25 and is completely out of touch.
He referred to the speech of Dasari and report of
Gummadi to explain what need to be done for Telugu
film industry. He stressed the fact that though filmmaking
is a business, the producer should not forget to make
films with social awareness and social responsibility.
YSR said that the celebrities from Telugu film industry
have met him a couple of times to take stringent action
against video pirates. YSR assured that a government
ordinance would be brought up as soon as the committee
submits its recommendation (30 to 45 days). During
the completion of the speech, YSR gave a mild retort
to Dasari by saying that government collects entertainment
tax to serve the state (for improving infrastructure
and give basic amenities etc), but not to invest it
back in making art films. And he suggested FDC take
any action or give any recommendation which does not
involve asking money from the government.
on the occasion Mahesh Babu said that his Nandi award
belongs to his father. Bhumika Chawla thanked all
the Telugu people and declared that she certainly
feel to be a part of Andhra Pradesh.
Ramani and Murali Krishna anchored this event. YS
Rajasekhara Reddy, Dasari Narayana Rao and G Adiseshagiri
Rao are the guests of honor for this function.
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