The Movie Artists Association(MAA) has once again exposed its ugly side to the public. It all started at the oath-taking ceremony and once again, the MAA has stained the reputation of the Telugu Film Industry.
On the day of the ceremony, while Hema was delivering her speech, Naresh interrupted her, snatched the mic away, and demanded that she speaks later. She did express her displeasure, to which Naresh turned a blind eye. Later, when Hema got the opportunity, she said, “I do not appreciate Naresh’s behaviour. He needs to take everybody in the association into account.”
The executive vice president Rajasekhar, too, criticised Naresh for his behaviour. “The association belongs to everyone and we need to work as one unit. Unfortunately, Naresh is not taking anybody other than himself into consideration.” He also added that after this experience, he is considering contesting for the position.
In the wake of the incident, the senior actor Kota Srinivasa Rao said to Naresh that the MAA can resolve its issues internally and that there was no need to discuss their problems with the media. He also requested the new association to give due importance to Telugu artistes. “I do not mean to criticise or degrade other actors, but I humbly request the association to give preference to Telugu actors,” he said.
Naresh interrupted Kota’s speech as well and asked him to cut it short, and that certainly did hurt the senior actor’s sentiments. He said, “I was touching upon the subject of the welfare of Telugu artistes, but unfortunately, no one’s willing to listen.”
On its very first day, the differences within the MAA have been exposed. Naresh is clearly feeling egotistical about his new position as the President of the association. An actor who attended the event said, “All Naresh wants is publicity. But he needs to remember that the industry comprises 800 actors and that he’s not the only one. His attitude is beginning to make me feel doubtful now.”