Director Venky Kudumula and his 2020 blockbuster film Bheeshma have lately been grabbing headlines for getting conned. A person named Naveen Kumar fooled Venky Kudumula that Bheeshma got nominated for National Award and duped him of Rs. 63,000.
The director filed a complaint against Naveen Kumar at the cyber crime police station. Naveen told Venky that Bheeshma was nominated for National Award in various categories, as it touched upon the topic of organic farming and was asked to pay a processing fee. After this news came out, Venky was badly trolled by the netizeines on social media.
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Soon after a few days, Venky Kudumula released a statement on social media and clarified his side of the story. The statement read, “I’ve been receiving a lot of calls, besides being witness to a number of speculations, over a police complaint that I had raised a couple of days ago. Maybe I was ‘easy bait’ but haven’t we all been there? (sic.)”
He goes on to explain what led him to pay the money, how he realised he was being duped and making it clear that instead of staying silent, such fraud needs to be dealt with legally. Many friends suggested I should not file a complaint and asked me to keep quiet. But should I? No. I went ahead and filed a complaint just to make sure that faudsters don’t repeat this with anyone else from our industry or anyone outside as well (sic.)” Read the full statement here:
A lot has been said about the issue I have faced recently. This is my side of the story… The Actual Story.. pic.twitter.com/cZp7LMPh0I
— Venky Kudumula (@VenkyKudumula) March 4, 2021
Bheeshma stars Nithiin and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. Vennela Kishore, Anant Nag, Rajiv Kanakala, Satya, Raghu Babu, Brahmaji and Naresh appeared in supporting roles in the film. The romantic action entertainer Bheeshma was released in February and emerged as a big success at the box office.