The makers of Manmadhudu 2, featuring Nagarjuna and Rakul Preet Singh, are working extra time for the film’s trailer, due to release on July 25. And, from the looks of it, it does not seem like there’s any sign of stress over the romantic scenes, like some would have us believe.
Director Rahul Ravindran, who made a smashing debut last year with Chi La Sow, tweeted a scene from the recording studio, where the music for the trailer was being created.
Trailer music getting done!
— Rahul Ravindran (@23_rahulr) July 22, 2019
The team and some people backing it has been facing backlash from a section of people and the Telugu media since the film’s teaser released last month. Actress Samantha Akkineni, Nagarjuna’s daughter-in-law who plays a cameo in the film, and singer Chinmayi, whose husband is Rahul , were also attacked for promoting the film, primarily because of their support for the MeToo movement and their stand against some statements of Kabir Singh director Sandeep Vanga.
The teaser shows Nagarjuna playing an older bachelor who wants to get hitched, and says, “I don’t fall in love, I only make love.” His decision is met with disbelief from his family members who don’t know about his playboy life. The second teaser released last week, introducing Rakul Preet Singh’s character also as free-spirited, who smokes and drinks and has no qualms about her sexuality.
For over a month now, the team has been fending off trolls who have latched on to the scenes featuring Rakul in the two teasers. Rakul said in a recent interview to Pinkvilla that she was not bothered by the trolls, and also said that Shahid Kapoor in Kabir Singh and several other actors have smoked in films, and they were not accused of promoting smoking.
Samantha and Chinmayi have been accused of double standards by Sandeep’s suporters on Twitter, after the frequent collaborators and friends called out the director for his misogynistic comments in an interview. They wondered if Manmadhudu 2 was not derogatory to women.
Manmadhudu 2 lo anni vulger science unnai aina avem pattavu mee dosthu @Chinmayi evaro edho anandani feminist giminist ani social media ki ekki gola chesthadhi daani mogudemo B grade movies thisthe adhi samsaram pakkanodu thisthe adhi vyabhicharam naa#wesupportsandeepvanga
— Shiva Lucky (@CvALuckY) July 9, 2019
This is *love* according to Samantha Garu ? pic.twitter.com/9nMLjHna6F
— Bαℓαנι (@BJTweets201) July 7, 2019
#Manmadhudu2 ? Ur beloved hubby is from same thinking level.. Try to change ur own home , then creep for society for ur nonsense publicity stunt.. Cheppevi Sri Ranga neethlu, chesevi boothulu.. ?? pic.twitter.com/8H5AXCzPg9
— Shakalaka Sankar ??? FC (@udayr) June 13, 2019
We are going to witness a tollywood movie where a tollywood Feminist's father-in-law (age 59) romances 3 Young girls (19-27 age) directed by another tollywood feminist's husband !!
Can't wait for their speech ??#Manmadhudu2 @Chinmayi #Samantha
— vishnu cul3é (@jamesvishnu007) July 7, 2019
I don't even know you existed on this planet…until #KabirSingh.I think you have succeeded in gaining attention
Why choose the cinema field, when you so much passion for woman rights. Keep lecturing #Manmadhudu2 is coming soon.We will also enlighten you with Bookmark this tweet
— ourpassion (@ourpassion365) July 12, 2019
Today I decided to watch #OhBaby but I canceled mine & my friend tickets due to her immature behavior towards @imvangasandeep and #KabirSingh
Pls grow up @Samanthaprabhu2 you're bane to akkineni family
And u just stfu @Chinmayi & I won't watch #Manmadhudu2 also,pls retire frm TFI
— Ismart Vicky (@VICKY__264) July 7, 2019
— Mirchi9 (@Mirchi9) June 14, 2019
Samantha’s role in the film has been kept under wraps. It also stars Vennela Kishore, Rao Ramesh, Nassar, Lakshmi, Devadarshini, Jhansi and others. Chaithan Bharadwaj is composing music for the romantic comedy. Production is by Nagarjuna’s banner Manam enterprises along with P Kiran’s Anandi Art Creations.
Watch the teasers here: