Nandi Award for 'Legend' for the year 2014 led to a serious debate. Can a Jury Member (Balakrishna) receive a Nandi Award is the question raised by many people?
Here is how Nandamuri Fans reacted to the criticism: ''Mangamma Gari Manavadu' released in 1984 but didn't receive any Nandi Award though NTR was CM then. Six Films of Balayya released in 1986. Still, He didn't bag any Nandi Award. Even 'Aditya 369' in 1991 and 'Bhairavadweepam' in 1994 hasn't received Awards. Though 'Samarasimha Reddy' was a huge hit in 2000, Ballayya didn't receive Nandi though Chandrababu was serving as CM then'.
This led to funny jokes on Nandi Award for Legend. 'NTR didn't offer any favour to his Son because he is a great man. Whereas, Balayya gifted himself a Nandi while serving as Jury Member. In 1991, 'Yagnam' bagged Best Film award and Dasari received Best Actor award for 'Mamagaru'. Can anybody find fault with it? In 1994, 'Mayuri' directed by Singeetham created a record by bagging 14 Nandi Awards. Krishnam Raju bagged Best Actor awards. Can Balayya say Krishnam Raju can't be given the award?,' questioned Netizens.
How would Nandamuri Fans respond to the detailed explanation given by the Critics? Whatever the reaction might be, The difference of opinion among people over Nandi Awards can't be erased.