Biopics: Biopics have become a trend these days but the makers have reached such a stage that they are coming up with different films on the life of the same person. The recently announced Telugu movies Stuartpuram Donga and Tiger Nageswara Rao fall under the same category. Both these films are based on the life of the deadly criminal Tiger Nageswara Rao who frightened the area of Stuartpuram during the 1970s.
A few days back, Tiger Nageswara Rao was first announced with Vamsee as the director and Ravi Teja as the lead hero. Abhishek Agarwal is the producer of it. Just a day later, Bellamkonda Sreenivas came up with his announcement of Stuartpuram Donga with his father Bellamkonda Suresh as the producer and debutant KS as the director.
Everyone was shocked to see both films being announced at the same time, featuring the same story with a different cast and crew. Both the teams are adamant about making their own versions and are not in a position to make any negotiations.
Actually, it was Vamsee’s idea to make this movie and he had announced the news way back in 2017. At that time, Bellamkonda was his choice for the lead role. As there was no response from Bellamkonda’s side for a long time, Vamsee eventually approached Ravi Teja.
In his recent interaction with the Deccan Chronicle, Vamsee said, “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. 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, I’ll fight for it.”
Producer Abhishek Agarwal stated, “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.”
On the other side, Bellamkonda Suresh gave a tight reply for his counterparts by stating, “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.”
As no one is in a mood to negotiate, we have to see how these projects progress in the coming days amidst all these fights.