Has Dasari Narayana Rao, a veteran director made indirect reference to his one time arc rival, Media Mughal Ramoji Rao, in finding fault with the selection of ‘Padma’ awards?
Ramoji was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award for the year 2016. Many complimented him too. While addressing a felicitation function organised by Movie Aritists Association(MAA) on Sunday, Dasari made passing remarks on the discrimination in the selection of Padma awardees.
While crowing the unworthy, the deserving had been neglected, he lamented. He felt it was shameful for neglecting the Tollywood Artistes of yester years, who enjoyed iconic status: Savitri, SVR, Jamuna and Kaikala. He concluded that the very Padma awards had now lost their sanctity too.