for Coal and Mines - Dasari Narayana Rao - was felicitated
on 30th May by Film Critics Association at Film Chambers.
BA Raju - the president of Film Critics Association
presided over the event. Anne Ravi - General
Secretary of Film Critics Association anchored the
event. Murali Pendyala - Office In-charge of
Film Critics Association - has managed the show. Few
veteran journalists spoke on this event and expressed
their happiness over Dasari becoming central minister.
Raju (Superhit Film Magazine) remembered an incident
where he visited Dasari's house in Chennai in 1981
when it was raining. Though he was involved with bigger
things at that time, Dasari made sure that BA Raju
is given a cloth to dry himself. BA Raju said that
Dasari is one film celebrity who cared for well-being
scribe Vasiraju Prakasam (Vaartha news paper)
remembered that he is associated with Dasari for his
35-years of career. Mohan Goteti (Sitara film magazine)
described Dasari as warrior (Porata Yodhudu). Prabhu
(Cinestar film magazine) remembered his long-term
association with Dasari and how he helped him and
other fellow journalists to establish in this field.
(Number One film mag) said that Dasari Narayana
Rao worked as a journalist before entering the field
of film direction and movie making. Dasari is one
person who did not go after money and stick to his
basic nature of helping out the needy people. Balreddy
also mentioned that it was Dasari Narayana Rao who
single-handedly supported and campaigned for Congress
when the rest of the film industry was supporting
and singer Gangadhar said that it was Dasari
who encouraged him when he was working for Eenadu
and Sitara. Dasari also encouraged him as playback
singer. He urged Dasari Narayana Rao to help journalists
who are degraded by certain film personalities. He
said that it is Dasari who has massive charisma in
Cine-political field after NTR.
photographer Sai Ramesh (New Indian Express)
spoke on behalf of photographers' fraternity. He remembered
that Bernardo Bertolucci - the world-renown Italian
director who directed award winning 'The Shetlering
Sky' - wondered in the last film festival happened
in India when he met Dasari and came to know that
he directed more than 100 films. Later on he enquired
about the productivity and success rate of Dasari
and wrote in an Italian tabloid La Stampa and
mentioned the greatness of Dasari Narayana Rao. He
wrote another article about Indian film celebrities
making it in politics and wished that Dasari would
shine the way he shined in films.
Kondeti (Santosham film mag) expressed his happiness
over a man from his hometown Palakollu making it big
on national arena. He said that he started his film
distribution for West Godari area. When every west
distributor is having office in Eluru, Kondeti Suresh
preferred to have his distribution office in Palakollu.
Dasari Narayana Rao has asked him to use 'Dasari Film
Complex' as his office.
journalists like Lakshmana Rao (Visalandhra), Sarath
Kumar, Giridhar, Uma Maheswara Rao, Raja (Hasam)
and Narayana (Vaartha) shared their views about
Dasari contribution to the society.
Dasari thanked all the journalists for sharing their
pleasure with him. He said that all the press people
are like his family members. He also said that he
is averse for these kinds of felicitations, but could
not say no to film industry and film press because
of which he reached such a position.
remembered his early days when he used to walk on
the roads of Madras without slippers. It is the film
industry that made him what he is today. The film
industry has changed the destiny of states of Tamil
Nadu and Andhra Pradesh by producing charismatic actor-politicians
like MGR and NTR respectively. He said that there
might be so many 'Bharata Ratnas' in India, but there
is only one 'Darsaka Ratna'.
said that he has tremendous leadership qualities right
from his childhood. He was the class leader in his
6th class. Later on he became school leader. He was
his college student union president as well. He was
also the president of South Indian Directors Association
for 13 successive years unanimously.
the first time, Dasari Narayana Rao has revealed the
real reason for him to join the Congress Party. He
narrated the series of events and how Telugu cinema
suffered/gained under the Governments of various political
1989, when Telugu film industry was operating from
Chennai, the Congress Government has increased the
subsidy from Rs 50,000/- to Rs. 3,00,000/- so that
they could shoot in Hyderabad. Then Chenna Reddy called
on Dasari and asked about his suggestion. Dasari has
asked Chenna Reddy to personally to go Madras and
meet Telugu film celebrities and announce them goodies
so that they can migrate to Hyderabad and start 100%
film production in Hyderabad. Dasari also asked Chenna
Reddy to cut down the 24% entertainment tax levied
by TDP Government to 8%. Chenna Reddy did reduce the
entertainment tax to 8%. With in one year, 90% of
filmmakers shifted Hyderabad. It was the Congress
Government which is responsible for getting Telugu
film industry shifting from Madras to Hyderabad.
TDP Government came and killed the future of small
Telugu cinema so that it could benefit a few selected
big Telugu film producers. Madhava Reddy - cinematography
minister - asked Dasari to suggest good scheme and
Dasari suggested a few more ideas to improve Telugu
film industry. And over night everything changed and
Madhava Reddy was forced to announce more strictures
on film industry that do more harm than help. TDP
government raised the entertainment tax from 8% to
12% for small cinema and kept 14% for big cinema.
It was just a meager 2% change between tax rates for
small cinema and big cinema. When Dasari contacted
CM, he said that he contacted all big wigs of Telugu
film industry before taking that decision. When Dasari
asked him if he were not a big wig, the CM repeated
said that he contacted each and every big wig of Telugu
was after that telephonic conversation with CM, Dasari
wanted to join Congress Party to see that ousting
of TDP, which made the small Telugu cinema collapse.
Dasari joined Congress only after he was offered MP
(Rajyasabha). It came as a surprise for him. Even
the offering of central minister is a cause of surprise
for Dasari Narayana Rao.
reiterated that he would not have become a big director
if he were entered the film industry in this present
pathetic situation. He said that even K Raghavendra
Rao got to fame with a small cinema called 'Jyothi'.
said that he started a film magazine called 'Cinema
Prapancham' in 1966 at Madras before starting filmmaking.
He was also the editor of Udayam newspaper that brought
a few revolutionary changes in Indian print media.
Udayam newspaper had the following credits for the
1st color printing
- 1st off-set printing
- 1st district edition
- 1st cinema column
- 1st daily serial
Dasari condemned the attitude of few big producers
who are trying to suppress the journalistic freedom
by imposing stricture against the freedom of press.
He termed such producers are pseudo intellectuals
and neo riches. He remembered how superstar like Rajnikanth
waited in front of his house for many days to get
a role in Dasari's film. He criticized the new-age
heroes who raise their remuneration to crores after
the 1st hit. He also condemned the attitude of certain
producers who put board of 'no-entry-to-press' at
their shooting locations. He urged press to revolt
against such practices.
said that he gave 12 successive silver jubilees at
one point of time, but never raised his remuneration
or encouraged producers like sell the film at higher
also condemned the TDP government for giving crores-worth
lands to big producers on the grounds of building
studios and infrastructure and ignoring the film workers.
He remembered how he fought for 77 acres for labor
and got it approved from Congress Government. He said
that he would make sure that 77 acres allotted to
the film workers.
ending his speech, Dasari assured that he would do
the following two things on priority basis
Land for film workers
2. Construction of a Journalist colony.
Meet the press
What would you do for the survival of small cinema
A: I have asked the Telugu film industry bodies to
come up with various options. I would go through it
once I get hold of the reports and use my own experience
and draft the right measures to implement panacea
for survival of small cinema.
NTR deserves a Bharata Ratna. Would you try to get
Bharata Ratna to NTR posthumously? (Balreddy)
A: NTR deserves Bharata Ratna. The central and state
government made efforts in the past and due to certain
reasons they could not award it. I would ask the relevant
authorities to go again in to the nitty-gritty and
find out exact reason. I would certainly make it possible
for NTR who made 'Teluguvaadi Atma Gouravam' stand
uo proud on international arena.
Film bodies like FDC (Film Development Corporation)
and Film Censoring Board are becoming refuge for political
employees. (Sarath Kumar)
A: I would make sure that only film related people
occupy those positions.
The previous Government has given lands to few celebrities.
Do you stop any of these biased allotments? (Subba
A: The law would take its own course.
You have become a minister? Do you direct films simultaneously?
A: I am working full time in politics. I would not
direct films. But I would make sure that I am in touch
with Telugu film industry whenever it needs me.