The filmmaker had scheduled a press conference 'in the middle of the road' in Vijayawada, to talk about his upcoming film, Lakshmi's NTR.
Ram Gopal Varma detained by police in Vijayawada, sent back to Hyderabad
Mumbai - 30 Apr 2019 12:52 IST
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma was detained at the Vijayawada international airport on Monday, and sent back to Hyderabad. The filmmaker was planning an open press conference about his film Lakshmi's NTR in the city.
The film has been pushed to a release on 1 May, after the Election Commission of India cited the model code of conduct as a reason to prevent its earlier scheduled release.
Varma had planned a press conference in Vijayawada on 29 April. However, the director accused people in power of preventing him from speaking about the film after cancellations at the hotel.
Hotels in Vijaywada are being warned not to accommodate #LakshmisNTR team ..First Hotel Novotel has cancelled us and now Hotel Ilapuram .This after they have been paid in advance ..The people in power should understand that one can misuse power to delay,but no one can stop truth pic.twitter.com/9sNKmT8ojc— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019
On Sunday morning, the director tweeted that he would be holding an open press conference for 'fans and media' at the NTR circle in Vijayawada.
నేను పైపుల రోడ్డులో NTR circle https://t.co/3HMe4v1LN1 దగ్గర— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 27, 2019
నడి రోడ్డు మీద ప్రెస్ మీట్ పెడుతున్నా
మీడియా మిత్రులకి, ఎన్ టి ఆర్ నిజమ్తైన అభిమానులకి ,నేనంటే అంతో, ఇంతో ఇష్టమున్న ప్రతీవారికీ, నిజ్జాన్ని గౌరవించే ప్రజలందరికీ మీటింగ్లో పాల్గొన్నటానికి ఇదే నా బహిరంగ ఆహ్వానం pic.twitter.com/MrshlhD61c
However, he was detained by the police on landing at the Vijayawada international airport. A report in The Newsminute.com quoted the ASI from Gannavaram (Vijayawada airport region) saying, "Since he announced that he would hold a meeting on the street, there was fear that there might be some unrest and violence at the venue. Our station received orders from the commissioner of police to send Ram Gopal Varma back to Hyderabad."
This did not prevent the filmmaker from taking to social media to allege political interference.
Sorry to inform that the press meet at 4 pm is cancelled because the police stopped us and have barred my entry into Vijaywada and forcibly sending me back to hyderabad ..Hey @ncbn WHERE IS DEMOCRACY ? WHY IS TRUTH BEING BACK STABBED? https://t.co/cVq91nSfVc— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019
Just see the number of police escorting me out of Vijaywada as if I am the biggest criminal ever and my only crime is telling all the backstabbing truths behind #LakshmisNTR pic.twitter.com/5zCqLnXpzj— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019
The filmmaker followed it up with a tweet threatening to 'go to court' if he is not provided the reasons for not being allowed to talk about his film in Vijayawada.
I AM DEMANDING ANSWERS FOR 16 QUESTIONS FROM @ncbn AND THE VIJAYAWADA POLICE ..IF I DO NOT GET ANSWERS TO MY 16 QUESTIONS WITHIN 16 HOURS I WILL GO TO COURT! ..Check this link for the 16 questions https://t.co/ZmDTiBAPd0— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019
Lakshmi's NTR is scheduled for release in theatres on 1 May.