In a shocking development, the Supreme court of India issued notices to two Telugu films. One is Nandamuri Balakrishna’s 100th film Gauthami Putra Shatakarni and the other is Gunasekhar’s Rudramadevi. Both these films were exempted from tax as both of them are made as historical films. The then AP government in the leadership of N Chandrababu Naidu and the Telangana government provided the films with tax exemptions. That exemption is what has become the problem of the makers now. Even after getting the exemption, both makers did not reduce their ticket prices. This has come back to bite them now as a petitioner approached the supreme court with a PIL regarding the same. After hearing the PIL, the Supreme Court is said to have issued notices to the makers of both the films asking them to respond.
If the reports are to be believed, the court has asked the movie makers to pay the amount they got with the exemption while directing the Telugu States governments to explain on what basis the tax exemption was given. No official confirmation of these reports was released either by the two movie teams or the governments. Gauthami Putra Shatakarni is directed by Krish Jagarlamudi and produced by Y Rajeev Reddy and Jagarlamudi Saibabu on the First Frame Entertainments banner. It starred Nandamuri Balakrishna in the titular role. On the other hand, Rudrama Devi was helmed by Gunasekhar and he himself produced the film. It has Anushka Shetty in the titular role while Allu Arjun and Rana Daggubati starred in supportive roles.