Naga Chaitanya film crew faces protest in Karnataka over barsets: report

The production of Naga Chaitanya’s upcoming film recently encountered inclement weather during filming in Mandya district of Karnataka. The film, tentatively titled NC22, was written and directed by Venkat Prabhu.

According to a report by News 18 Kannada, the film crew faced public anger for setting up a bar near historic temples in Melukote. Melukote residents took offense at the film’s set and demanded that filming be stopped immediately. The report also claimed that while the filmmakers were given permission to film, they may have played fast and loose with certain rules to set up a bar near the temples. The sets are said to have been taken down after the protests. However, the creators of NC22 have yet to respond to the incident.

The film will be shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu. The project marks Venkat’s first collaboration with Chaitanya and it is also the director’s debut in Tollywood. The previously released announcement poster indicated that Chaitanya could play the role of a soldier in the film. The film also stars Keerthy Shetty as the female lead.

In a premiere, legendary music composer Ilaiyaraaja and his son Yuvan Shankar Raja will co-compose the score for this film.

Chaitanya was last seen in Bollywood superstar Amair Khan’s film Laal Singh Chaddha. He played a major supporting role in the film, which also marked his Bollywood debut. However, the film did not do well at the box office.

Venkat, meanwhile, is basking in the success of his previous directorial outing, Maanaadu.

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