In his 2018 blockbuster Bharat Ane Nenu, Mahesh Babu, espousing radical socio-political reforms, was shown propagating heavy fines for traffic violation. His logic was, unless the potential traffic rule-breaker is apprehensive about heavy penalties he won’t be careful about breaking traffic rules.
Now, beginning on September 1, the Central Government has increased the fine for traffic violation manifold, leaving commuters fuming in rage. Many trolls believe it was Mahesh Babu’s idea in Bharat Ane Nenu (fine traffic violators so hard they wouldn’t dare to defy again) that inspired the Government.
Defending her husband against the trolls, Namrata Shirodkar says, “The idea in Bharat Ane Nenu that heavier fines for breaking traffic rules would discourage commuters from rash driving, is a very good one. And if it’s being implemented by the Government we should be happy. Instead of praising Mahesh for doing motivational cinema some people are busy lashing out at him, claiming he is responsible for a dent in the pockets of commuters. Any good that comes from cinema needs to be applauded. But in this country ruling passion is negativity, not progress.”
Adds Mahesh Babu, “I’d always try to do cinema that is motivational and inspirational. I believe if I have a voice that’s heard by a large section of the population then I must use it to make difference.”
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