Film star and political aspirant Balakrishna slapped an ardent fan of his late father, NTR on Friday. One would have thought that stars of Balakrishna’s calibre, by now, would have been used to their fans’ adulations. The actor, who one day aspires to be the chief minister of the state like his father, made the faux pas when fans crowded around him at the Seetha Ramachandra Swamy temple at Bhadrachalam where he, along with producer Yalamanchili Saibabu and others, had gone to perform a puja to mark the success of his latest film Sree Rama Rajyam.Onlookers say the fan, delighted at being in close proximity with the actor, kept following him, trying to strike familiarity.
Balakrishna was annoyed, told him to back off and when the fan persisted, slapped him. However, despite the affront, the fan in question, Guntupalli Ramakrishna, said that it did not matter and he was happy that Balakrishna had posed for a photo with him afterwards. Well, perhaps the fan should also be grateful for the fact that the actor did not shoot him! (For those who don’t remember, Balakrishna’s nickname is also “shooting star” after he shot at film producer Belamkonda Suresh in his house after the two had an argument over some issue. Fortunately for the actor, Suresh recovered from the injury, and he was let off.)When news spread that NTR’s son was visiting the temple, a large crowd of the yesteryear star’s fans gathered to meet him. Unfortunately, he failed to understand the zeal of the fans to meet him and slapped Ramakrishna, who was standing behind him.
Though Balakrishna apologised to the fan and also posed for a photograph later with his arm around his shoulder, the incident does not bode well for the short-tempered star, especially given his political aspirations.Telugu Desam leaders and fans like Kodali Srinivasa Rao, Muvva Srinivasa Rao, Koneru Chinni and Totakura Ravi Sankar, who were with him said that the star’s intention was not to hit the fan and that it happened by mistake when he tried to resist them. Ramakrishna, meanwhile, said that he had completely forgotten the incident and was in fact happy that he got an opportunity to get photographed with Balakrishna himself who had recognised his services as a fan and a TD party leader. He added that his brothers and parents were all devoted followers of the late NTR and Balakrishna.