Director Gunasekhar’s tall claims during the press meet organized on Saturday to announce the inclusion of Allu Arjun in ‘Rudrama Devi’ for playing the crucial cameo of Gona Ganna Reddy have raised few eye brows.
Gunasekhar: “‘Gona Ganna Reddy’ for Allu Arjun is like ‘Palnati Brahmanaidu for NTR, ‘Tenali Ramakrishna’ for ANR, ‘Alluri Seetharamaraju for Krishna, ‘Thandrapapa Rayudu’ for Krishnam Raju. Bunny has reserved his place in the Telugu Cinema History by accepting such a role which has got immense importance in our history. This shows his respect for Telugu culture, traditions and history. A wonderful artist and youth icon like Bunny playing this role will be an asset for ‘Rudrama Devi’. He will inspire this generation heroes to attempt such roles in future”.
Critics say, Most of the comments made by Gunasekhar are merely an exaggeration. There is no dispute in the statement that Allu Arjun is a good artiste and his presence will help ‘Rudrama Devi’ reach out to wider audience including class and masses. But, Comparisons with Legends like NTR, ANR and Krishna is indigestible to say the least.