Director Ram Gopal Varma, who was on his way to hold a press conference for the promotions of his upcoming film 'Lakshmi's NTR' in Vijayawada was detained by the Andhra Pradesh police on Sunday.
The filmmaker landed at Gannavaram airport in the afternoon and headed towards the city, however, he was stopped along with the film unit members on the outskirts and taken back to the airport.
In a short video message shared on Twitter, the director said, "All of us were stopped, made to get down from our cars and forcibly made to sit in their cars. They told us we are not allowed to enter into Vijayawada or stay there. We were dropped at the airport."
Questioning the action taken by the police, he said, "Police have a responsibility to maintain law and order but they are unable to say why they are preventing from entering into a city. They have no answer. That's what is happening and I will try to update later."
Take a look at a series of tweets Varma shared regarding the incident,
According to the reports, RGV was supposed to hold a press conference at the Novotel Hotel for his movie but the hotel management allegedly canceled their reservation due to a supposed warning from someone.
Meanwhile, YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reacted strongly to the incident. Condemning the episode in strong terms, he asked Chandrababu Naidu if this was his definition of democracy.
Here's a look at this tweet...
The NTR biopic recently got clearance from Election Commission and High Court and is set to release in Andhra Pradesh on May 1. The film was stalled keeping in view the Andhra Pradesh General Elections which were held on April 11.
'Lakshmi's NTR' has already hit the screens in all other states on March 29.
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