From Mahesh Babu to Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and Rana Daggupati to Raashi Khanna, a slew of Telugu cinema personalities have come out strongly in support of Vijay Deverakonda’s call for an all-out boycott of gossip websites.
In a 21-minute long video Deverakonda ripped into articles on the website Greatandhra.com, titled – Vijay Deverakonda Insulting Poor People, and Is Vijay Deverakonda Not Part Of Film Industry? Both articles, Deverakonda said were malicious and peddled falsehoods. While the former targeted him over accounts of his Foundation that set up a fund for middle class, and helped thousands of families, the latter targeted him for doing a fundraiser on his own.
According to the website’s About page, “Greatandhra.com is based in California, USA and started in 2002 as a web news portal. The news provided from Andhra Pradesh is uploaded at the United States. Venkat Arikatla hold the responsibilities of greatandhra.com from California, USA.” Venkat is also listed as the Chief Editor.
Interestingly, Great Andhra, ran another article on Deverakonda, after his takedown. This one was titled, Vijay Deverakonda Rants About Website Ratings.
Today the Active Telugu Film Producers Guild (ATFPG), issued a statement in this regard. “As a body that works to support the interests of the film industry, we take a stand against the propagation of fake news and baseless gossips. The slanderous articles are written by gossip websites for few clicks with an intention to malign the image and damage good will of organizations along with the reputation of people who lead a public life. Fact checking and objectivity in journalism are the need of the hour!”
The actor found instant support in stars from the industry.
I stand by you brother @TheDeverakonda #KillFakeNews #KillGossipWebsites https://t.co/mk5enwj5Pm pic.twitter.com/ESYodVIQbw
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) May 4, 2020
Thank you Chiru sir,
I’ve been here only 5 years, I can only imagine what you had to go through in 42 years. Daddy meeku jarigina situations cheptuntaru, meeru avanni daati vallani kshaminchi Inka mammalni guide chesthunaru. https://t.co/VVPGpMjyYg
— Vijay Deverakonda (@TheDeverakonda) May 5, 2020
Spoken out well my man!! @TheDeverakonda @SureshProdns and I stand by you!!#KillFakeNews #SpreadPositivity https://t.co/HQXMhMEgk5
— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) May 4, 2020
Dear @KChiruTweets Garu, really appreciate your support to a colleague @TheDeverakonda 🙏we all have been through this anguish!! @urstrulyMahesh, @RaviTeja_offl , @RanaDaggubati, @sivakoratala, @DirKrish @directorvamshi Stand by you is not enough,WE NEED AN ACTION PLAN!! https://t.co/gdxMtpy1iv
— Nagarjuna Akkineni (@iamnagarjuna) May 5, 2020