The Chiranjeevi starrer Acharya is one of the most anticipated films of Tollywood. Ever since the first look of the film was unveiled on Chiranjeevi’s birthday, the film has been much talked about. However, Acharya seems to have hit troubled waters now after reports of plagiarism. A writer named Rajesh Manduri has alleged director Koratala Siva of lifting the story he had narrated to Mythri Movie Makers.
Rajesh has revealed the details of how he approached Mythri Movie Makers and how they insisted on him selling the story and get Koratala Siva on board, to direct it. Reacting to the rumours, Mythri Movie Makers released an official statement. It says, “We refute the allegations made by Rajesh Manduri that we have conveyed his story (proposed to be titled as Annayya) to director Koratala Shiva. His allegations are totally baseless and false (sic.)”
The statement further says, “if the story narrated by him is so good as he states, then we ourselves would have produced the movie with appropriate casting. When we have the reputation of introducing 3 new directors in the last one year Bharath Kamma (Dear Comrade), Rithesh Rana (Mathu Vadalara) and Sana Buchi Babu (ready for release Uppena), what would have stopped us from introducing another new director if the story was so good. The fact is that the story narrated to us was very weak and had no substance in content and hence rejected by us. The same was conveyed to him (sic.)”
“When the story itself is bad, then why in this world would we go and tell Koratala Shiva Garu that he should adopt the same. Koratala Shiva garu has earned a reputation as one of the genius director and a good human being with ethics and principles. It is unfortunate that this Rajesh without any evidence or proof has gone to the media to tarnish our image and the image of Koratala Shiva garu. His actions and outbursts in media are strongly condemned by us and without any hesitation, we would like to state that appropriate action against him will be taken by us (sic.)”
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— Mythri Movie Makers (@MythriOfficial) August 27, 2020
The production house requested everyone to ignore all the allegations as it is just for publicity. Acharya is directed by Koratala Siva and produced by Ram Charan and Anvesh Reddy under the Konidela Production Company and Matinee Entertainment banners respectively.