Telugu film-makers love setting their films around controversial topics and real-life scams. Known for raking up controversies with films like “Chitramand Nijam”, director Teja will now tell the tale of the liquor syndicate in the state and the dirty underbelly of the trade with his film Neku Naku Dash Dash. Slated for a March 23 release, the film will also show the money chain of the liquor trade. Sources say that a few of the crew members were already getting threat calls, though the director denies it. “We haven’t received any threat calls,” says Teja, denying that he had taken up the controversial theme to trigger hype around the film like his colleague Ram Gopal Varma. “The audience has seen through those gimmicks, so such tricks will not work anymore; only a solid story counts. I prepared this script 10 months ago and wanted to expose the liquor syndicate. But ACB raids pre-empted our move and it’s not the other way round,” he informs. Script associate Rajsekar also claims that the script was ready a year back and they wanted to expose the well-entrenched liquor syndicate which is eating into the state’s revenues. “We gathered information from various sources including police and politicians and also relied on media reports to arrive at the astonishing figure of Rs 4700crores changing hands every year through various channels. The nexus between criminals-politicians-top officials stands exposed in the story besides issues of MRP violations and killer spurious liquor,” he informs. The film deals with socially-relevant issue through a love story. “Actually, it’s a love story between two workers in liquor factory and how their acts end up shaking the syndicate network; so it’s an appropriate blend of romance and social message coupled with enchanting music,” adds director Teja.