Sensational director Ram Gopal Varma has sent a legal notice to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA from Kurnool, SV Mohan Reddy, after the last recorded an objection against the director for ‘criticizing’ Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Mohan Reddy had filed the complaint after a few TDP members challenged a melody in RGV’s upcoming film Lakshmi’s NTR.
RGV Files A Complaint On Kurnool TDP MLA Seeking Public Apology
The song titled ‘Vennupotu’ discusses manipulating, with many saying that it recommended that Naidu was in charge of TDP founder and former state Chief Minister NT Rama Rao. TDP members in their reaction consumed photographs and likenesses of Ram Gopal Varma before the AP Film Chamber Hall in Vijayawada. They raised slogans against RGV, demanding to remove the song.
In his response, Ram Gopal Varma, represented by his lawyer, Prabhakar Sripada, served a notice to the MLA. “My client is a reputed film maker having produced over 50 movies in Telugu, Hindi and other languages. He won enjoys good reputation in his profession. He has made several movies with political themes including Sarkar, Raktacharitra etc which have been widely acclaimed by the public,” the notice reads.
“Your complaint is malicious and motivated. To start with, there is no defamation of anyone in the said teaser. It is not mentioning anybody by name and only showing various people who were involved in the incidents at that period of time which is public knowledge for more than two decades. Secondly, being a member of Legislative Assembly, you should be aware of the fact that defamation proceedings can only be initiated by the person who is said to have been defamed. Therefore, in the instant case, Chandrababu Naidu must initiate defamation proceedings and you have no locus standi to lodge a police complaint,” it added.
RGV’s lawyer also called attention to that by publicizing the complaint in the media, Mohan Reddy likewise endeavored to ‘tarnish’ the director’s image.
“My client therefore calls upon you to publicly apologise and withdraw your complaint within 48 hours of this legal notice, failing which, my client will be constrained to initiate appropriate legal action (both civil and criminal) against you,” the notice states.