Off the record

Off the record

Chiru and his 150th film

Not long ago, actor-turned-politician K Chiranjeevi was projected as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. After his Praja Rajyam Party failed to attract voters, he merged his party with the Congress but the CM post eluded him due to the impending state bifurcation issue. Despite saving Congress from collapsing under Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s pressure, he was offered a cabinet berth in consolation.

‘Chiru’ led a losing battle in Seemandhra in the recently-held Assembly polls as the state Congress campaign head. The Congress ended up in the third position in Seemandhra and his future seems uncertain.

But, Chiru has alternative plans. He said to be keen on completing his 150th film in this lean period. He might return to full time acting as another script is getting ready in which he will be sharing screen space with his son Ram Charan Tej.

According to Tollywood sources, Chiru has already asked his crew to look for good scripts to kick start his stuck up career and an announcement in this regard is expected by August 22, his birthday.

JBS Umanadh, Hyderabad

After red, it’s orange

The colour palette is fast decreasing for Trinamool Congress leaders, who stay close to party chairperson, Mamata Banerjee. The state’s Chief Minister, who started as a firebrand opposition leader, honing her skills during the heydays of the Left, has been like the proverbial bull when it came to the Left. Whenever and wherever she saw red, Mamata would go charging in. Now, that after years of struggle she managed to drive away the Left, she now sees orange whenever she sees the BJP.

The colour saffron, in its myriad shades, has been irritating her and things have apparently come to such a head that she gets angry if any of her party leaders wear any shades of orange, leave alone saffron. The unwritten rule now among Trinamool leaders is to avoid red or shades of orange and stick to the colours like green or blue and white, Banerjee’s favourite colours.

Drimi Chaudhuri in Kolkata Lost in translation

As Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela started his speech in the special session of the Gujarat Assembly recently, AICC functionaries in Delhi went into a tizzy. They went by the reporting of the speech by a popular English news channel which indicated that Vaghela was praising outgoing Chief Minister Narendra Modi and even supporting the BJP’s core demands of building a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, implementing a uniform civil code and abolishing Article 370.

With many a Congressman crossing over to the BJP in Gujarat, doubts were raised whether Vaghela, a former BJP leader, too  was returning to his old party.

Office assistants at the AICC were sent to search for any party functionary who understood Gujarati, the language Vaghela was speaking in.

A functionary hailing from Gujarat was traced and made to go through the recording of Vaghela’s speech. Congress leaders heaved a sigh of relief when they were told that Vaghela’s speech was dripping with sarcasm and actually critical of Modi.

Sagar Kulkarni, New Delhi

Costly lesson

A owner of a provisional stores in Chennai bewildered when he got a call from the city cops charging him whether he was involved in fake note racket. However, Subramanian, the owner of shop, recovered from the shock and came to know one of his shop keepers had given a Rs 1,000 note to buy a bottle of "chilled beer" at a wine shop near Egmore area.

Then he was handed over to the police by the wine shop officials. After getting the mobile number of Subramanian, cops told him that the note, which was given by the shop keeper, was a fake one. Then Subramanian recollected an incident that he had kept a single Rs 1,000 note (fake one) separately in the drawer in his shop which accidentally transacted from a customer.

He had also written "fake" in that note by a pencil so that no one should use it. He told the cops that that the keeper might have stolen that note. After several rounds of talks, the shop keeper was booked and sent to jail.

R Sathyanarayana, Chennai