Hyderabad, Feb 5 (IANS) The much awaited Telugu film “Jai Bolo Telangana” — based on the ongoing movement for separate statehood to Telangana — hit the screens Friday across Andhra Pradesh.
Telangana supporters hailed the movie for espousing the cause of Telangana and hoped that it would provide further impetus to the movement.
Directed by N. Shankar with Jagapathi Babu in the lead role, the movie was released in 170 theatres including 45 theatres in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.
A festive atmosphere prevailed in Telangana towns as activists of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and other groups reached movie theatres to watch the first show.
TRS Chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao, Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor M. Kodandaram and others watched the movie along with Shankar at Sudershan theatre here.
Rao, who appears in a scene in the movie, urged people to watch the movie. He was all praise for the director for depicting the mass movement in a way that appealed to even people of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.
“I am confident that after watching this movie, people of all regions will understand the hopes and aspirations of Telangana people and will support the genuine cause,” said TRS chief.
Interestingly, those opposing the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh also hailed the movie saying the director did not hurt the sentiments of people of any other region.
They advised TRS chief to stop making insulting remarks about people of Andhra and Rayalaseema.
The movie, which faced few cuts from censor board, was released after pro-Telangana groups threaten to stage protests against the delay.
Some groups forced managements of theatres in many places in Telangana to stop screening other movies and show “Jai Bolo Telangana”.
The story of the movie, which also features popular TV actress Smrithi Irani in a key role, revolves around a young man whose forefathers died for separate Telangana state.
He falls in love with a girl from Vijayawada (Andhra region). The story is about the events which make him shed his reluctance and join the people’s movement.
Revolutionary balladeer Gaddar, a key Telangana protagonist, also played a brief role by singing a song in his inimitable style.