Mahesh Babu’s Bharat Ane Nenu found a mention in Guntur MP Jayadev Galla’s opening speech during the debate on a no-confidence motion against the NDA government in Lok Sabha today.
The MP during his speech was quoted as saying “Bharat Ane Nenu is a Telugu blockbuster which is about trust. In the movie, the central character Bharat’s mother tells him that a man always keeps his promise.” He used the quote from the film to stress upon the empty promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Never before in the history of Lok Sabha has a first-time MP opened the debate on a no-confidence motion.
Galla then went on to say that the film captured the mood of the people of Andhra Pradesh and the movie resonated well with the masses. He said that neither the BJP or Congress gave Andhra Pradesh the special category status it sought. He said that the state was reduced to an agrarian state after bifurcation.
Directed by Kortala Siva, the movie that released last April is about a college graduate (Mahesh Babu), who after returning to India upon his father’s sudden demise, is made the Chief Minister.
Galla has resorted to referencing movies in his speeches in the past as well. To prove his point about the lack of budget allocated by the BJP to the state, he had compared it with the box office collections of Baahubali 2.
He had said that while Rs. 1,800 crore was allocated to Andhra Pradesh in the budget, Baahubali 2 collected over Rs. 2,000 crores worldwide.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Kesineni Srinivas moved the no-confidence motion against the BJP in Parliament on Wednesday for not fulfilling its promise of granting special status to Andhra Pradesh. Industrialist-turned-politician Galla, who joined TDP in 2014, was chosen to open the debate instead of Kesineni. Incidentally, Galla is also married to Mahesh Babu’s sister Padmavati.
Here’s the link to the speech: