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When two great personalities of the Telugu film industry traded charges against each other, it required all the diplomacy and tact of a third to settle the issue.

Well-known film-maker Dasari Narayana Rao, who says he regards himself as a childhood fan of thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao, and the veteran actor, who is always full of praise for Dasari, got embroiled in a financial row. ANR-owned Annapurna Studios lodged a complaint with the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber that Dasari owned them Rs 3 lakh, and wanted the same to be settled before the latter’s film Samakka Sarakka is cleared for release.

It also wrote to veteran film personality D Ramanaidu, in whose studios Dasari’s film was shot, to withhold release of the prints until the dues are realised. On coming to know of this, Dasari reportedly deposited Rs 3 lakh with Ramanaidu Studios, but, at the same time, claimed that Annapurna Studios owed him Rs three lakh.

Besides, he said that the firm Great Indian Entertainment, owned by the ANR family, owed him Rs 2 lakh for the advertisements published in his film magazine Megha Sandesham.Dasari Narayana Rao also lodged his complaints with the A P Film Chamber.

His contention was that he had never asked ANR or his family members for the money they owe him due the respect he had towards ANR. He also reportedly said that it was unethical on the part of Annapurna Studios to stop the release of his latest film Samakka Sarakka when they themselves owed money to him.

Dasari also charged the Annapurna Studios with sending goons to Ramanaidu Studios to stop the distribution of Samakka Sarakka prints. He wanted the Chamber to take up the matter and settle his accounts with Annapurna Studios.

According to sources in the industry, it was Ramanaidu and his son Suresh who came to the rescue of Dasari and sent back the representatives of Annapurna Studios on January 14, a couple of days before the release of Samakka Sarakka.

When contacted, Dasari Narayana Rao refused to comment by saying the matter was with the Chamber. Ramanaidu said the matter was settled, stating: “These things happen. Since the industry is like a family, we sort out such matters within us. I always try to help people.”

But efforts to contact Supriya, grand daughter of ANR and the one who manages Annapurna Studios, proved to be futile. People in the Studios, however, confirmed that a complaint was lodged against Dasari Narayana Rao.
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