At the recent success meet of Jai Lava Kusa, Jr NTR minced no words in criticising film reviewers.
Drawing an analogy, Jr NTR compared his film to a patient, the audiences to a doctor and the film’s crew to a patient’s family, and said, “When someone is critically ill, they are put in a hospital’s emergency ward where extra care and attention is given. Their family is obviously concerned and eagerly awaits the doctor’s verdict. In the meanwhile, there are several people in the hospital, who start giving opinions. ‘He won’t live. He’ll die,’ says someone. Another person says, ‘The same happened to someone I know and I think he won’t live.’ They suggest names of diseases that even doctors clarify only after several tests! Meanwhile, the family remains concerned about the status of the patient.”
In this context, he explained, “Daari na poye danayyalu kontha mandi visleshakulu (the naysayers in our case are critics). So let the audience watch and decide a film’s result!”
While NTR’s statements are being applauded by fans online, the star has also been receiving flak for countering the critics’ views.
Notably, in the last few years, the actor consciously steered clear of controversy. However, this particular statement by him is being looked at as a misstep, suggesting that he is not open to criticism. While Jai Lava Kusa is performing well at the box office, the film opened to mixed reviews. In fact, Jr NTR's acting is the only element of which received unanimous applause. Earlier, Harish Shankar and Allu Arjun were also criticised for their anguish directed at film critics after Duvvada Jagannadham received poor reviews.