Biopic announcements on the same personality seem to be snowballing into bitter controversies. At least that’s the case with a biopic on Tiger Nageswara Rao — a notorious thief of Stuartpuram in the 1970s. Here’s why.
In December 2017, director Vamsee announced that he’s making a film on the daredevil robber of Stuartpuram. The film was to star Bellamkonda Sai Sreeninvas, producer Bellamkonda Suresh’s son, and be produced by Abhishek Agarwal. However, the project got on the back burner.
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In August 2021, producer Bellamkonda Suresh announced a film titled Stuartpuram Donga, starring his son. To be directed by newbie KS, the film was spoken about as a biopic on the life of Tiger Nageshwar Rao. Then last week, producer Abhishek Agarwal announced a film Tiger Nageswara Rao, to be directed by Vamsee and starring Ravi Teja.
The latest update has obviously perplexed everyone in the industry, with many wondering who exactly is making the biopic. When contacted, director Vamsee told us that he’s been working on the script over the last four years. He says he narrated the script to Sai Sreeninvas four years back and was game. However, he states, after waiting for a long time, he subsequently came out of that project, also apprising Bellmakonda Suresh about it.
“I’d even met the family members of Tiger Nageswara Rao and procured all the permissions and legal rights and NOCs from his family members around directing the biopic.”
Despite the curve ball that has come his way, Vamsee says he’s currently focusing only on his film, starring Ravi Teja, even as his producer is looking into any bottlenecks regarding the film. “I plan to execute it to the best of my ability. I’m not concerned about anything else for now. But if I find any similarities between my story and others (referring to Bellamkonda Suresh), I’ll fight for it,” Vamsee adds.
Producer Bellamkonda Suresh seems unconcerned when he states that he doesn’t need any rights to make a biopic on a personality known to the public.
“Why do I need rights? Anyone can make a film on Gandhiji, right? So where’s the question of legalities and rights? Everyone knows about the life of Tiger Nageswara Rao and his profile is in the public domain and anyone can make a film,” adds Bellamkonda Suresh.
However, producer Abhishek Agarwal thinks differently and is certain that they have all the legal rights to make a biopic on the slain thief. “Tiger Nageswara Rao’s profile may be public, but there are some personality traits, which only his family knows. His family has shared all such finer points and in-depth details about him only with us,” says Abhishek.
Clearly, it’s interesting times ahead with the matter seemingly only getting more complicated with each passing day....