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MAA Update: Jeevitha’s letter to the Disciplinary Committee

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We have revealed that the office of Movie Artistes Association (MAA) was locked from the past one month after the dairy launch event took place early this month. We have an update on this after Jeevitha Rajasekhar penned a letter to the Disciplinary Committee against MAA President Naresh. Along with the signatures of 15 Executive Committee members, Jeevitha submitted a letter with nine pages to take action against Naresh.

The office reopened today and Jeevitha, Raja Ravindra have been spotted in the office this afternoon. Jeevitha Rajasekhar, Hema, Jayalakshmi, Ali, D Ravi, Raja Ravindra, Uttej, Benarjee, Suresh, Edida Sriram, Tanish and Anitha Chowdary signed the letter before it was submitted to the Disciplinary Committee.

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MAA Controversy reaches new Heights

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Like never before, the members of Movie Artist Association (MAA) divided into teams and alleged each other which created huge noise. The Founder President Megastar Chiranjeevi during the dairy launch requested everyone to sit together and solve the issues. Rajasekhar created a ruckus during the event and the consequences made him submit his resignation. It has been a month since the dairy got launched but the dairies were not distributed across the members.

No committee member has been spotted at the MAA office this month and not a single meeting took place after the incident. The office has been left vacant for the past one month. Naresh and Rajasekhar alleged each other and this took the controversy to new heights. Not a single member is ready to sit and resolve the issues. Despite of senior actors like Chiranjeevi, Mohan Babu and Krishnam Raju trying hard, there was no possible solution found to date. For the first time, such an atmosphere surrounded MAA. We have to wait to see where this ends.

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Chiranjeevi requests disciplinary action against Rajasekhar

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Movie Artistes Association (MAA) Dairy Launch Event took place in Park Hyatt today. Megastar Chiranjeevi, Mohan Babu, T Subbirami Reddy, Krishnam Raju and Murali Mohan along with several members of MAA attended the grand event. Speaking at the event, Chiranjeevi expressed his interest in conducting more charity events to help the aged and all those who are in need. He said that he is ready to meet all the young actors to make them active in charity events. Along with this, Chiranjeevi also spoke about the internal issues of MAA.

“I was disturbed with the recent issues in the committee. We never faced such hurdles in the past. I am here to resolve all the issues. Telangana government is ready to allocate land for MAA but the issues kept the plans on hold” said Chiranjeevi. Losing his cool, Rajasekhar started touching the feet of all the guests before starting the speech. Chiranjeevi was left irritated with the behaviour of Rajasekhar.

“I had several problems in my home. I also met with an accident recently. Chiranjeevi garu spoke well about MAA. But there are lot of internal problems in MAA. We are acting in films as heroes, but in real life we could not stand as heroes. MAA is split into two parts with 18 members one side and 8 members on the other side” said Rajasekhar.

Chiranjeevi returned back saying there is no value for his words. Losing his cool, Chiranjeevi said “I wanted all the issues to be sorted through meetings. I am badly disturbed with this. We are here to travel together on a common stand. Media will make this a news. When you are not interested, you should not come to this event. If there is any disciplinary committee, take a strong action against Rajasekhar” said Chiranjeevi.

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Chiranjeevi Launch MAA Diary

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MAA: Rajasekhar gathering strength against Naresh

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MAA has just 800 members. The strength of association may be small but internal bickering is huge to ignore. One doesn’t even find such intense politics in parliament or assembly. In the past, Rajasekhar, Naresh and other actors are ganged up on Shivaji Raja to dethrone him as president. Now, Rajasekhar and Naresh are quarreling with each other.

Angry man Rajasekhar has gone a step further. According to industry watchers, he is now asking the members to support him in his revolt against the president Naresh. Rajasekhar’s attempt to hold a general body meeting without the legal permission was banned by Naresh’s gang yesterday. But the row has not ended. Apparently, Rajasekhar is personally calling all the influential members to back him so that he would remove Naresh as president. Having said that it is not that easy to sack Naresh from the post. This move would create ripples in the film industry.

In March this year, Naresh got the support of Rajasekhar and he defeated Shivaji Raja in the elections. Naresh had sworn in as President and Jeevitha Rajasekhar was elected as general secretary and Rajasekhar as executive vice-president.

In the coming days, the internal fight between Naresh and Rajasekhar will take an interesting turn. Keep watching the space.

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MAA crisis: Naresh’s men knocked Court doors

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The present mood of elected Movie Artists Association is that they want to oust incumbent President Naresh VK from the post and want to take decisions unilaterally as he is not available for them at the office. No matter what each member is saying, this seems to be the real intention.

Currently, the crisis at MAA is further escalating with few people close to Naresh approaching Court to impose stay on the decisions taken by Rajasekhar and Jeevitha, in the absence of Naresh. On September 10th, Executive vice-president Rajasekhar and general secretary Jeevitha held the Executive Body meeting of MAA without Naresh’s presence. There they have decided to issue powers to Vice President Hema to run the day to day affairs of the association.

Pointing out that conducting meetings, passing proceedings and minutes of the meeting is against the by-laws of Movie Artists Association, few members knocked the doors of Court, after which a status quo is granted on those new decisions. But what is Naresh’s take on these whole happenings as he is not directly opening up on anything?

Some insiders revealed that Naresh is upset with the way Jeevitha wants to run the association and is expressing inability as she’s more vocal than him. We have to see who is going to sort the things out at MAA.

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MAA’s quick action on Mahesh issue appreciated, BUT..

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Manoj Prabhakar- not many know this name until yesterday. But this upcoming comedian from Tamilnadu suddenly became very popular. He became target for Mahesh Babu fans after he tried to crack some crude jokes on Mahesh Babu. Finally Movie artist Association (MAA) wrote a letter to Nadigar Sangam on this.

Manoj Prabhakar made several rude comments like, Mahesh Babu face doesn’t have any expressions, in Spyder movie, SJ Surya was giving many expressions while Mahesh Babu’s face was blank. He also made some sarcastic comments like, Mahesh Babu is a rock star and that means, his face is like a rock, that doesn’t have any expressions.  He also made some senseless comments like Mahesh Babu is male version of Katrina Kaif.

Manoj Prabhakar comments did not go well with not only Mahesh Babu fans but also general Telugu audience. Many trolled the upcoming comedian through social platforms and some of them asked him to compare the acting of Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu’s performance with Tamil superstar Vijay performance in the movie Pokiri and have some fact check. After facing severe criticism from Telugu audience, Manoj Prabhakar apologized on Facebook for his act. He requested the trollers to stop the abuse and stop this issue here.

Meanwhile, Movie Artist Association (MAA) sent a letter to Nadigar Sangam on this and requested to take action on Manoj Prabhakar. It should be appreciated that MAA has, at least now, taken some sort of action to condemn vicious comments on Mahesh Babu, one of the members of movie artist Association. MAA responding on this immediately is appreciated by Telugu people.

However some people question, why MAA could not give similar ‘quick’ response when “some people” targeted Pawan Kalyan , who is also member of movie artist Association. When some media channels and some people targeted Pawan Kalyan and went on to make personal comments targeting him and his family members, MAA was silent for many days. It need not condemn political comments but at least when they are making personal comments, MAA could have lent it’s support to PK and gave some sort of official statement, but it didn’t do. Only after things went out of control, MAA tried to respond on that. 

Hopefully, at least now onward, MAA will continue to take some active decisions when such things happen instead of keeping mum like in the past.

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MAA seeks stringent action on Tamil comedian

Two days after a Tamil comedian named Manoj Prabhakar made derogatory comments on Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu and his acting skills during his interaction in an event, Movie Artists Association (MAA), the apex body of Telugu film industry, has strictly condemned and sought the intervention of Nadigar Sangam to take stringent action on him. 


As the video in which Manoj was seen making mockery of Mahesh Babu’s performance in Spyder went viral in social media, there has been huge backlash among Telugu audience and Mahesh Babu fans in particular who demanded a public apology for the offensive remarks. 


MAA has written to Nadigar Sangam stating that the comments made by Manoj are utterly shocking and ridiculous. It asserted that the comments are likely to have strain on the friendly relationship between the Telugu and Tamil film industry. MAA requested to enquire and take strict action against Manoj for those comments. 

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Is MAA & TS Minister Srinivas Yadav Meeting a mere “eye-wash”?

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The meeting between Movie Artists Association (MAA) and Minister for Cinematography (Telangana Government), Srinivas Yadav has been concluded. The TS Government has taken the initiative to resolve the various problems faced by the movie artists in the Telugu Film Industry. Big Wigs from Tollywood and other senior government officials took part in the meeting with Srinivas Yadav.

Key decisions have been announced. Talking to the press after the meeting, Srinivas Yadav said, ‘from here on, the artists will be issued special identity cards through MAA.

Distinguished personalities from the film fraternity promised that the no coordinator-culture in the industry will be abolished. At the same time, necessary steps will be taken to deposit the remuneration amount to the artists via their managers directly into their bank accounts.

I request both the film industry and the media to stop end this row here. If the artists and women are facing any problems, I am requesting them to approach the police directly’.

Many see this meeting as a mere eyewash, without any possible conclusion. Future developments in the coming two days will stand as a litmus test to Minister Srinivas Yadav’s comments.

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Manchu Vishnu pens a letter to MAA on recent issues in Tollywood

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Tollywood actor Manchu Vishnu has been closely following the recent happenings in Tollywood. After MAA rejected a membership to actress Sri Reddy, there has been a large outburst by her on various celebrities and their families. Soon MAA re-considered its decision and accepted to offer a membership to Sri Reddy which turned out to be huge surprise. Vishnu called it a huge embarrassment. Shattered with the acts of MAA and the consequences, Vishnu penned an open letter to MAA addressing it’s President Sivaji Raja. Here is the letter:

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MAA lifts ban on Sri Reddy

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MAA- Movie Artists Association ,apex body of Telugu film industry has withdrawn its ban on controversial actress Sri Reddy who sparked a storm with blatant allegations and accused several Tollywood celebs in connection with casting couch.

It is well known that MAA has announced a ban on Sri Reddy a few days ago after the latter has resorted to semi-nude protests in front of the MAA office seeking justice for female artists in Tollywood.

The decision from MAA to lift ban on Sri Reddy ensued after the National Human Rights commission intervened to redress her grievance.

NHRC took the case of Sri Reddy as Suo moto and served notices to state government of Telangana and Information & Broadcasting Ministry and also directed to set up a committee to address sexual harassments in film industry.

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MAA vs Women activists & channels vs netizens on Sri Reddy issue

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Actress Sri Reddy’s strip protest still creating tremors in Tollywood. it is known news that after Sri Reddy’s protest MAA has condemned her act and confirmed the rejection of her application for MAA membership. Women activists and TV channels condemned the decision taken by MAA.

Actually many people feel that MAA has over reacted to the incident. Though they have every right to either accept or reject the application for membership (depending on their rule book), they cannot say- whoever acts with Sri Reddy also will be boycotted by MAA. So women activists and channels condemned the decision of MAA and made scathing comments on MAA and they questioned the over reaction of MAA. They remarked why did not MAA condemn when an MLA made vulgar comments on women working in film industry.

While questions by women activist and channels are fair and valid, people also questioning these women activists and channels on social media. They are questioning why these women activists did not utter a single word when journalist in a TV channel made vulgar comments on film industry in a live show. In social media netizens are also questioning TV channels. While they are appreciating this kind of condemning programs when Chalapathi Rao are MAA make such mistakes but they are also questioning where were these channels when top star like Balakrishna or Senior journalist in a live show made such comments. Netizens argument also seems to be valid.

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Mahesh Babu to join Chiru and others for a good cause

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Mahesh Babu Movie Artists Association event

That Movie Artists Association ( MAA ) is going to provide succour to ailing and struggling artists of Tollywood by constructing an old age home with basic amenities is a known news. MAA is currently setting up plans to construct a well equipped compound in the outskirts of Hyderabad and they decided to seek funds from NRI’s by organising an event in US in Summer next year.

Already, Megastar Chiranjeevi and few other noted artists have agreed to support this cause and will grace the two day event to raise the funds for the good cause. Now, Superstar Mahesh Babu has reportedly gave his nod to MAA request to be a part of this event. A close source to the actor revealed that MAA has approached Mahesh and he immediately said yes to their request.

Mahesh Babu, who is currently shooting for his upcoming film Bharat Ane Nenu, has adopted his ancestral village Burripalem after being inspired by his own social – minded film Srimanthudu which has him playing a good samaritan.

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Chiranjeevi to US – to raise funds

Chiranjeevi to US to raise funds

Movie artist association (MAA), which has completed 25 years is planning to celebrate the silver jubilee year on a grand scale. the body has made some very big plans. Besides celebrations, MAA also planned a philanthropic activity. MAA plans to collect funds in US and use them to build an old-age home for veteran actors in Hyderabad.

Reports reveal that MAA approached Chiranjeevi to be the chief guest for the fund raising event at USA. Seems chiru expressed his consent and agreed to travel along with a few members of the MAA, and organize a mega fundraiser in the US. MAA is targeting to raise around 2 crore and utilize the amount for the construction of an old-age home for the senior members of the MAA. The proposed new building will come up on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Official announcements and more details expected soon.

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