Being a popular Telugu star, Nani experienced the wrath of netizens when he took a stand for his favourite film Jai Bhim. The actor-producer took to the platform to express disappointment over the film losing on National Award since it was given to Allu Arjun starrer Pushpa: The Rise. Post the same, many netizens trolled the star for not supporting the achievement of Telugu Cinema since it was the first to win this honour.
Nani clarifies on Jai Bhim controversy; says, “That was taken out of context”
Reacting to it, Nani, who was recently present at the Telangana Today Roundtable, opened up on the subject, clarifying that he was, of course, happy and proud for Telugu Cinema but at the same time, he was just disappointed to see his favourite film lose. Explaining about his tweet, Nani said, "That was taken out of context. I was so happy and proud of the success of Telugu cinema in the National Awards. We had RRR, Pushpa, and my brother Bunny (Allu Arjun) won his first National Award. It was the most National Awards we had ever won. I was overjoyed. I had even posted a post about it."
He went on to add, "When I watched Jai Bhim, I even tweeted that it was one of the best films I'd ever seen. When it didn't win any awards in any category, I was like, 'The film deserves at least one category. It seemed like if my sister got really good marks or rank and my cousin from next door didn't, I would express my happiness for my sister and also my sadness for my cousin. I loved Jai Bhim and winning that award would have been encouraging for those filmmakers and technicians.”
Jai Bhim featured Suriya in the lead role along with Lijomol Jose, Manikandan, and others playing pivotal roles. Based on real life events, the film was directed by TJ Gnanavel. On the other hand, Pushpa: The Rise starred Rashmika Mandanna and Fahadh Faasil along with an ensemble cast.
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