Hot Temper Lands Tollywood Actor Nagarjuna in Hot Water
The narcissistic artifice of the celebrity trying to shimmy up the social ladder is practically a Hollywood stereotype. From outrageous VIP demands to airport meltdowns, certain celebrities seem to use bad behavior as a publicity stunt. Moreover, the public usually puts up with it, because, well, it’s entertaining.
Of course, every now and then, things go too far—the wrong person is bullied or someone gets hurt. Then fallout is as spectacular as the entertainment.
Unfortunately, this is what’s happening to Telegu and Bollywood actor Akkineni Nagarjuna right now. Multiple reports claim the actor lost his temper with journalist and movie critic Y. Sunita Chowdhary, who had panned some of his previous performances.
According to The Times of India, a case under sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code was filed against Nagarjuna on Saturday, Oct 1 at Hyderabad’s Jubilee Hills Police Station.
In the police report, Chowdhary supposedly alleges she was interviewing different actors at Annapurna Studios on September 29th when Nagarjuna approached her and asked her opinion on some of his previous work.
When Chowdhary responded negatively, the actor became enraged and began hurtling verbal abuse and even threatened her life.
The report goes on to state that there were witnesses present, reports the Times. Additionally, when police conducted a probe on Sunday evening, Nagarjuna’s aides indicated that the actor wished to apologize, in which case Chowdhary could formally withdraw her complaint.
Neither Chowdhary or Nagarjuna have been available for comment.
Nagarjuna is the son of the legendary Akkineni Nageswara Rao, one of the most popular actors of Telugu cinema (sometimes referred to as Tollywood), he’s also acted in few Hindi films including Shiva, which won him the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1989.
If charges persist, Nagarjuna could face up two years in jail. On the other hand, when was the last time that jail time actually hurt an actor’s career?