ANR name omitted by Jury in Nandi awards press release
The Akkineni Award for best home-viewing feature film winners was commissioned in 1996, the same year in which “NTR award” also was commissioned. NTR award for 1996 was announced for ANR while Akkineni Award for best home-viewing feature film was awarded to “Ninne Pelladatha” movie in 1996.
While 2014-16 Nandi awards, do have the category of Best Home Viewing Feature Film, the name “Akkineni Award” was not seen in the press release given by the jury. Tommy, Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju and Sathamanam Bhavati won the best home-viewing feature film for 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Film producers like Bandla Ganesh and NV Prasad raised this point during the debate in TV channel and with this again surfaced the rumor that “All is NOT well” between Nagarjuna and Bala Krishna. Of course similar rumor has surfaced even during Samatha’s reception when Balayya missed it. Even during some other function, Nagarjuna condemned the rumor by giving an explicit statement in the presence of Bala Krishna himself. But instead of clearing the air, that statement raised even more doubts, but that’s a different matter.
Akkineni fans were terribly disappointed as Manam movie being lost to Legend movie. Because it was not only a clean film with novel screenplay, it was last film of legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao. But now, with this new point that “Akkineni Award for best home-viewing feature film ” becoming “best home-viewing feature film” is like adding salt to the wound for Akkineni fans.
But, this is actually a correctable mistake. Even though the name “Akineni Nageswara Rao name omitted from “Akkineni Award for best home-viewing feature film ” to make it “best home-viewing feature film” in the press release statement, while giving the award, the tag of “Akkineni Award” could be added and that could put an end to all this confusion.