Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna have come under controversy for a kiss scene in their upcoming film 'Dear Comrade'. Commentators on social media have voiced their concern naming Deverakonda the 'Emraan Hashmi' of Telugu cinema.
According to reports, a source close to Vijay has said this: “Vijay never expected the twitterati to go into a rant over a harmless kiss. While he is used to raising hackles and eyebrows with his unorthodox films roles and attitude, Vijay is appalled to find his co-star being targeted with unflattering comments. Dear Comrade has several moments of intimacy between Vijay and Radhika. Now he is in two minds as to how to deal with the intimacy quotient in Dear Comrade because he doesn’t want his leading lady to be targeted.”
Vijay Deverakonda responded to the controversy with this statement: “Should a kiss even be a reason for debate and discussion in a country plagued with problems?”
According to DNA India, Rashmika interacted with the media and had this to say, “The scene demanded such a liplock, and I had to do justice to it. One shouldn’t judge the entire movie based just on this liplock scene. Please watch the entire film before passing further thoughts. Geetha Govindam also faced a similar controversy pre-release, but the film was received extremely well upon its release. Dear Comrade will also fare well similarly.”
Dear Comrade will be seen in theatres on May 31. Directed by Bharat Kamma and produced by Mythri Movie Makers, the music is given by Justin Prabhakaran.
Watch the teaser here.