Telugu actor Nandamuri Balakrishna has caused controversy by claiming that he does not care about AR Rahman’s music or his achievements around the world.
Speaking to a Telugu news channel, the 61-year-old actor said: “I don’t know who Rahman is. I don’t care. Once every ten years he gives a hit and gets an Oscar.”
It is worth noting that AR Rahman had composed the music for Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Nippu Ravva (1993).
How can a senior actor like #Balakrishna talk about the Indian legend #ARRahman? Will people accept if something similar is spoken by a Tamil actor on #Rajamouli? pic.twitter.com/ILMPDvjsVe
— Troll Cinema (TC) (@Troll_Cinema) July 20, 2021
In the interview, Nandamuri Balakrishna went on to say that he doesn’t appreciate not only Oscars, but even Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour. He believes that the coveted award was not worthy of his late father NT Rama Rao. “All these prices are equal to my foot. No prize can compensate for my family’s contribution to Telugu cinema. I think Bharat Ratna is equivalent to NTR’s toenail. The awards should be sad, not my family or my father,” he added.
During the interview, Balakrishna also positioned herself above Hollywood director James Cameron. “I like to finish shooting quickly, unlike Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron, who takes years to finish a movie. The way I work means I’m making more hit movies in less time,” he said.
It is not the first time that Nandamuri Balakrishna has caused controversy. He is notorious for hitting others, including fans, in public.
Balakrishna is currently shooting for his next film Akhanda which is written and directed by Boyapati Srinu.