Some people never learn. Nandamuri Balakrishna is one of them. Once again, the actor-turned-politician was caught on camera slapping a TDP supporter during the ‘Intitiki Telugu Desam Party’ campaign. It’s less than two months since the Hindupur TDP MLA was entangled in a controversy for raising his hand of his assistant and forcing the victim to pick up Balayya’s shoes in front of the public. This time, in a video that surfaced online, the massy hero can be clearly seen hitting the fan, despite a police officer warning against it. Reportedly, the venue of this incident is Balakrishna's sitting constituency Hindupur.
Getting into unnecessary controversies is not an unchartered territory for the man. Earlier this year, Balakrishna faced solid criticism for making misogynistic remarks against female co-stars at an audio release. “If I play eve-teasing roles, and just follow girls, my fans will not accept. Either they should be kissed or should be impregnated. That’s all. We have to commit ourselves,” he said.
In August, Balayya slapped a man who tried to take a selfie with him during his electoral campaign tour in Nandyal of Kurnool. Owing to his power and position the actor faced zero consequences. Within weeks, the angry man whacked an assistant director on the sets of Paisa Vasool. Following the incident, the movie’s director Puri Jagannath came out with a bizarre justification. “When other heroes go out, they need bouncers. Balayya doesn’t require them. He controls his fans himself. When someone falls on him, he hits them. Those people who get hit feel very happy. The media is saying that he hit people, but what do they know about how much these people yearn for Balakrishna to hit them,” he said.
Balakrishna also happens to be the sixth son of former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and a legendary Telugu actor NT Rama Rao. He is also the brother-in-law of current Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.