The Telugu film industry is writing its own political script. After “Power Star”Pawan Kalyan, it was superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna who met Narendra Modi. Nagarjuna, who has acted in over 85 films, called on Modi at his Gandhinagar residence Monday evening. While Nagarjuna has so far stayed away from politics, even refusing to hobnob with politicians, he is learnt to have decided to support the BJP and Modi this time.
Nagarjuna, however, is known to be close to Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and had even met him in jail in the disproportionate assets case. He dismissed suggestions that he had met Modi as an emissary of Jagan.
“I have been reading about Modi. He is an inspiring leader and so when Venkaiah Naidu invited me to meet him I jumped at the opportunity. We just exchanged ideas and there was no political agenda. I like his leadership and I think he will be the next PM and will bring about a change in this country. While speaking to him I realised that all his ideas are self-sustaining. I wanted to find out about the development in Gujarat that everyone talks about. I am impressed with what I have seen; the Sabarmati riverfront, the model village which has WiFi and 24-hour power supply. I was told there are many villages like that in Gujarat. I live in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad where we have a three-hour power cut daily. I would like to see this kind of development all over the country,’’ Nagarjuna said after his hour-long meet with Modi.
Pawan Kalyan, who launched a Jana Sena Party recently, had met Modi on March 21 and declared his support. Meanwhile, Telugu comedian and Padma Shree awardee K Brahmanandam is also trying to join the BJP.
Recently, star couple D Rajasekhar and Jeevitha Rajasekhar joined the BJP. Another actor, Kota Srinivasa Rao, is meeting state BJP leaders, including M Venkaiah Naidu, and is looking forward to joining the party.
Sources said that many film stars are disappointed at the manner in which the Congress divided the state. Former actor and former Union minister U V Krishnam Raju, who had joined the BJP in 1990 and quit to join K Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party, has returned to the BJP.
Chirajeevi dismissed Nagarjuna’s visit to Modi: “Maybe Nagarjuna had some personal work. I don’t think it has anything to do with politics.”