The officials in Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa district on Friday seized three cinema theatres which showed the Telugu movie “Lakshmi’s NTR” in violation of the orders of the Election Commission of India(ECI). The three theatres screened the film on May 1. Though the election authorities did not give permission to screen the film, the management of the three theatres ignored the orders and exhibited the movie in the morning show. When local revenue officials came to know of this, they let the theatre management’s with a simple warning.
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, took serious action on this matter. He told the media on Friday that he recommended the EC to take action against the Kadapa district Joint Collector who failed to stop the screening of the film. Following the CEO’s statement, Joint Collector Koteswar Rao ordered the concerned officials to seize the three theatres which are screening Lakshmi’s NTR. Officials said these theatres can’t screen any movie. The director of “Lakshmi’s NTR” and controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma had planned to release the movie in Andhra Pradesh on May 1, but the CEO had made it clear that the orders restricting the film’s exhibition were still in force.
Varma was asked to follow the EC’s April 10 order restricting the exhibition of the film till further orders. “Lakshmi’s NTR”, which was released in Telangana last month, deals with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao’s second marriage with Lakshmi Parvathi and the uneven events, including the revolt against him by his son-in-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu, and NTR’s controversial death.
The Election Commission had rejected the screening of the movie in Andhra Pradesh after some TDP leaders approached EC. They alleged that the film showcased Chief Minister and TDP National President Nara Chandrababu Naidu in a negative way, which could impact the party’s poll prospects.
The Andhra Pradesh assembly including National election results which decide AP CM and PM of India will be announced on May 23rd.