Seven sub-inspectors of police in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool District were suspended after they decided to watch Chiranjeevi's Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy while on duty. The incident came to light after one of the policemen clicked a photograph and posted it on social media.
The policemen, who now face disciplinary action, watched the 'first day, first show' of the movie on Wednesday. None of the police personnel, who were attached to different police stations, had applied for a leave. Despite this, they all travelled from various parts of the district to Koilkuntla to see the film.
The image was widely circulated and soon came to the notice of Kurnool Superintendent of Police K. Fakeerappa, who spoke to the Deputy Superintendents of Police of Nandyal, Allagadda and Dhone in the district, and asked them to conduct an enquiry and take action against the sub-inspectors.
What especially irked senior police officers was that the sub-inspectors had decided to 'bunk' their duties on October 2, when the police are extremely busy with arrangements for Gandhi Jayanti. The date also coincided with the opening of village secretariats across Andhra Pradesh.
Sye Raa, Chiranjeevi’s historical flick, is based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy
The film is being bankrolled by Chiranjeevi’s son and actor Ram Charan Teja under his home banner Konidela Production Company on a budget of Rs. 200 crore.
It has a bevvy of stars from different film industries, including Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah, Jagapathi Babu, Kiccha Sudeep, Pragya Jaiswal and Brahmaji. R. Rathnavelu is the cameraman for this film, with A Sreekar Prasad editing it and Amit Trivedi wielding the music baton. It is a trilingual movie that was released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.