Telugu Superstar Pushes Senior Female Actor On Stage While Audience Cheers & Whistles

After the pandemic, there was a shift in the way people saw Bollywood films. It was established, after much debate, that Bollywood films were inferior and that Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada films were much superior in terms of content. Yes, a lot of films from the South manage to become mass blockbusters. They are engaging, keep you on your toes, are visually stunning and the overall plotlines seem to triumph. But in the end, they do perpetuate harmful stereotypes, especially those surrounding the ‘macho-ness’ of a man.

You would think that society is changing and that films need to move with the times. Films that celebrate toxic masculinity are facing backlash from the audience. But they are also becoming blockbusters because the larger audience celebrates toxic masculinity. In our country, society tends to influence films more than films influence society.

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One may ask why Telugu films are incredibly sexist. That is because the larger Telugu population is sexist. Here’s why we say this.

Nandamuri Balakrishna is a Telugu superstar, politician and son of N.T. Rama Rao who served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Anjali, on the other hand, is a Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam actor and has been working in the industry for close to two decades. She is a senior actor in the industry, not a newcomer.

Nandamuri Balakrishna was a chief guest at a pre-release event for Anjali’s upcoming film Gangs of Godavari. A video has gone viral wherein Balakrishna is seen literally pushing Anjali because he wanted her to make space for him to stand on the stage. Anjali’s co-star Neha was visibly shocked by the gesture but Anjali laughed it off.

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People were shocked by the way in which Balakrishna treated Anjali on a public stage, the reaction of the audience who were hooting and cheering seeing the incident and Anjali’s reaction to it. Powerful men like Balakrishna have been treating women with such disrespect publicly for generations and it is eye-opening to see it happening today as well.

This goes on to show how we haven’t come very far as a progressive society. Women are disrespected in the public eye and the act of disrespect is celebrated and not condemned.

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