Lakshmi's NTR is finally set to hit the screens in Andhra Pradesh on May 1. But Ram Gopal Varma was cancelled his plan to hold a press meet in and was forced to return to Hyderabad by the police.
Lakshmi's NTR was released in the cinema halls across the globe except Andhra Pradesh on March 29. The movie shows AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu in a bad light. Hence, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had approached the High Court, seeking an order to delay its release, as it would affect voters in 2019 general elections. The HC had stalled the film till the poll gets over.
The polling for Lok Sabha and Assembly was held in Andhra Pradesh on April 11. Post this, everyone was excited to know the release date of Lakshmi's NTR. Ram Gopal Varma announced on Twitter that it would hit the screens on May 1. He tweeted, "Finally #LakshmisNTR is now releasing on MAY 1ST in ANDHRA PRADESH. Come watch the conspiracies that happened behind NTR's back."
Hours later, Ram Gopal Varma announced to hold a press meet at Novotel Hotel in Vijayawada at 4.00 pm on Sunday. The director tweeted, "Press meet of #LakshmisNTR tmrw sunday the 28 th in Vijayawada at 4 pm in Novotel hotel. Film releasing MAY 1ST."
But Ram Gopal Varma was upset to know that the management of Novotel Hotel in Vijayawada declined to accommodate place for the press meet of Lakshmi's NTR. The irked filmmaker tweeted in Telugu, saying that he would hold this press meet on a road near NTR circle. He gave an open invitation to all the true friends of NTR and the people who love the late legendary actor.
However, Ram Gopal Varma managed to get a place in Hotel Ilapuram for the press meet of Lakshmi's NTR. He tweeted, "Hotels in Vijaywada are being warned not to accommodate #LakshmisNTR team.. First Hotel Novotel has cancelled us and now Hotel Ilapuram .This after they have been paid in advance.. The people in power should understand that one can misuse power to delay,but no one can stop truth."
Ram Gopal Varma added, "Ready to be front stabbed in telling the back stabbing truth of #LakshmisNTR. Am boarding spice jet now. Landing in Vijaywada in one hour by 11.30. Reaching Ilapuram Hotel by 12.30."
Soon after he landed in Vijayawada airport, Ram Gopal Varma stopped from entering the city. The police forced him to cancel his press meet and return to Hyderabad. The director released a video and confirmed that he has been taken in police custody. He tweeted, "I am In police custody now for the only crime of trying to tell truth ..THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY IN ANDHRA PRADESH"
Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, "Sorry to inform that the press meet at 4 pm is cancelled because the police stopped us and have barred my entry into Vijaywada and forcibly sending me back to hyderabad ..Hey @ncbn WHERE IS DEMOCRACY ? WHY IS TRUTH BEING BACK STABBED?"
— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019