From Chiranjeevi’s war of words with Rajasekhar to Rajinikanth receiving death threats — 12 controversies that shook the South film industry

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We are finally past the first half of 2020. TBH, it was a lot to deal with, but it feels like ages already. The entertainment industry was shut for almost a quarter of the year but that did not stop the celebs from making headlines every day. We spoke about controversies in Bollywood and TV industry, now it’s time to have a little recap of all the all that took place down in South in the past six months. Sit tight, it’s a long read… Also Read – #JusticeForJayarajAndBennicks: Suriya writes a long note seeking justice for the victims

Chiranjeevi-Rajasekhar’s war of words

Members of Movie Artist’s Association had held an event in which Rajasekhar had interrupted Chiranjeevi saying that he has a lot of issues at home due to MAA. He narrated an old incident and said that they trample the efforts of people who do good work. This angered the megastar and he went on to say that he should not have come to the event if he didn’t like it. Rajasekhar’s wife then went on to apologise to the megastar and everyone present at the event said that her husband is like a kid and cannot hide his emotions. Also Read – THIS Kollywood superstar says he will produce Anirudh Ravichander’s debut film

IT Raid at Rashamika Mandanna’s house

On 16 January, IT officials raided Rashmika Mandanna’s house in Virajpet Taluka of Kodagu district. The actress was not aware of the same and was in Hyderabad for a shoot. It was reported that the actress would be interrogated by the IT officials for the same. Two days later, the IT officials found Rs 25 lakh unaccounted for at her house in Virajpet. Also Read – Happy birthday, SP Balasubrahmanyam! 5 songs from the music maestro that need to be revisited today

IT-officers question Thalapathy Vijay and Bigil producers

Thalapathy Vijay’s house was raided by the IT officials as well. He was questioned on the tax evasion case. The IT department raided AGS Cinemas in about 20 locations. AGS Cinemas have producer Thalapathy Vijay’s Bigil which crossed about Rs 300 crore worldwide. Anbu Chezhiyan’s house was raided too. He was the financer for Bigil. The IT department recovered about Rs 65 crore from the raid.

Minsara Kanna producer accuses Parasite makers of plagiarism

Tamil producer PL Thenappan, who holds the rights of the 1999 Vijay-starrer Minsara Kanna had accused the makers of Parasite, the Korean film, of plagiarism. He had declared that he will sue them. “On Monday or Tuesday, I will be filing a case with help from an international lawyer. They have taken the plot from my film. When they find out that some of our films have been inspired by their films, they file cases. Similarly, it is only fair for us to do the same,” Thenappan told thenewsminute.com, adding that he would seek compensation from the producers of Parasite for copying the idea of his film.

Indian 2 mishap killed 3 assistant directors

In a freak accident, three assistant directors on the sets of Indian 2 lost their lives. A crane crash had killed three technicians, named, Madhu, Chandran and Krishna. The cast and crew, Kamal Haasan, Rakul Preet Singh and Kajal Aggarwal mourned the loss. Kamal Haasan had taken matter into his hands and even provided compensation of Rs 1 crore to the family to help them. Kamal Haasan was interrogated by the police for the same.

Tamil actress Rekha revealed Kamal Haasan kiss was unplanned

Tamil star Rekha made a shocking revelation earlier this year when she revealed that Kamal Haasan had kissed the actress impromptu in filmmaker K. Balachander’s 1986 film Punnagai Mannan. Rekha was 16 at that time and said that the makers had said that the kiss would be censored. Fans had asked Kamal Haasan to apologise to the actress for kissing her without consent.

Shruti Haasan on plastic surgery

Shruti Haasan’s pictures on social media had gone viral and fans had commented on her post asking her about her drastic transformation. Fed up with the comments on her weight loss and plastic surgery, Shruti had opened up on her plastic surgery saying that she is not ashamed to admit the same.

Sri Reddy took jibe at Samantha and Trisha

Sri Reddy had posted a picture of herself on her social handle and had captioned it saying that her assets were bigger than that of Samantha Akkineni and Trisha Krishnan. It had created quite a stir in the industry.

Rashamika Mandanna’s song Karabuu controversy

Rashmika Mandanna and Chetan Kumar’s song Karabuu from Pogaru created a controversy. The song features the hero who is a rowdy gangster forcing the heroine to romance him. He could be seen pulling her hair and threatening to kill her. Romancing the heroine without her consent enraged people who expressed displeasure over the same.

Pooja Hegde’s Instagram hacked

Pooja Hegde’s Instagram was hacked a couple of months ago and the actress had revealed the same on her Twitter handle. Someone had posted a picture of Samantha on Pooja’s profile with a comment that read: “I don’t find her pretty at all.” Screenshots of Samantha’s chat with her friends, Nandini Reddy and Chimanyi Sripada, poking fun at Pooja’s hacked profile added fuel to the fire. #PoojamustapologizeSamantha and #WeSupportPoojaHedge had been trending on social media for a while after that.

Vijay Deverakonda slams news portals for fake news; Mahesh Babu extends support

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Vijay Deverakonda through The Deverakonda Foundation had been helping the poor and needy. However, he lost his cool when he came across fake reports and news piece concerning his efforts to help people. He had slammed the media in a video that he shared on his social handle. Mahesh Babu had extended his support to the Arjun Reddy star.

Rajinikanth receives death threats

In a shocking event, the Thalaivar of the entertainment industry, Rajinikanth received a bomb threat call at his Chennai residence, Poes Garden. The reports suggest that the caller threatened to have planted a bomb at the superstar’s home. Soon after this, the Chennai police arrived at Thalaivar’s residence and searched the entire property but didn’t get any trace of it as they realised it was a hoax call.

Phew! A lot of controversies.

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