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Telugu film’s claim of 1st freedom struggle triggers protest in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Union Government has already granted Odisha’s Paika Bidroh 1817 as the first freedom struggle of the country, a Telugu film titled “Sye Raa Narahimha Reddy” has come on the way, claiming a fight done by Narasimha Reddy in 1846 in Andhra Pradesh was the first fight against the British in the country.

The film, claimed to be a biopic, produced by Surendra Reddy has portrayed that Narasimha Reddy was the first freedom fighter and initiated the first bloody drive in 1946 to drive away British from the country.

The film starred by super stars Amitabh Bachan and Chiranjibi will be released in four languages,-Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi-, in 90 per cent of cinema halls across the country on October 2.

Intellectuals of Odisha have started opposing the film strongly saying that the film is an attempt to denigrate the glorious history of Odisha and heroics of Paikas.

Notably, the Union Government has already allocated funds for erecting a “Paika Memorial” at Khordha Barunei foothill to mark the 200 year celebration of the country’s first freedom struggle led by Baxi Jagabandhu. The State Government has also initiated process to identify land for the memorial.

“What film Sye Raa Narasihma Readdy portrays is very wrong. It is a conspiracy made by a certain group of people against Odisha. The State Government should approach the Union Government and, if required, the Supreme Court against the Telugu film soon,” demanded intellectuals.

The whole incident came to the fore after the premier news channel News 7 telecasted a detailed report on the Telugu film.   

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