Actor-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna, who is known for making controversial remarks, has done it with his latest remarks on Oscar winning composer AR Rahman. Speaking to a local TV channel, Balakrishna said that he does not know who the music meastro is.
In an interview to a TV channel, Balakrishna said, "All these awards are equal to my foot. No award can compensate for the contribution of my family to Telugu cinema. I also heard that someone called AR Rahman won an Oscar award. I don't even know who Rahman is,” he said.
The popular music director, hailed in India as the Mozart of the Madras, bagged two Academy Awards, one for the original score for 'Slumdog Millionaire' and the other for the hugely popular global hit 'Jai Ho' from the same film.
Balakrishna also insulted the prestigious Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, and claims it's not even worthy of his father, late NTR's toenail.
“I feel Bharat Ratna NTR kaligoru ki samaanam (Bharat Ratna is equal to NTR's toenail). So those awards must feel bad, not my family or my father,” he added.
He also compared himself to Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron and says that unlike Cameron, he likes to finish films quickly.
"I like to wrap up my shootings quickly unlike that Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron who stretches shootings for years. I believe in making more movies and scoring more hits in less time. That's my style of working," the actor said.
Balakrishnais currently shooting for his upcoming film ‘Akhanda’ with Boyapati Sreenu. The duo have worked together in films like ‘Simha’ and ‘Legend’ in the past. The film was slated to release this summer but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.