Chennai born Nandamuri Balakrishna aka Balayya is 61 year old actor-politician, who is well known among the Telugu film audience. He is the sixth son of former Andhra Pradesh CM NT Rama Rao and is currently an MLA from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), that was founded by his father.
Balayya is also the same actor whom Radika Apte had bashed in 2018 for inappropriate behaviour on sets. Recently Balakrishna raked up a Twitter storm after belittled A.R. Rahman during a Telugu interview. NBR's exact words were,
"Rahman.. I don't know who Rahman is, I don't care. Once in a decade, he gives a hit and gets an Oscar award”
Fan wars followed under several hashtags like #WhoIsBalakrishna, #LegendaryNandamuriBalakrishna and #ARRahmanThePrideofIndia. But many agreed that the statement was unnecessary shade thrown (Balayya has a habit of doing this on a regular basis) at a composer who put Indian music on the global map.
Tamil people are desperately trying to find out #whoisbalakrishna. Well you can actually ask @Suriya_offl who apparently loves balakrishna a lot. Not only him, the response from the crowd will tell you that he is the #LegendaryNandamuriBalakrishna pic.twitter.com/b2o7B0qWb7— Boyadu unnadu🧘♂️ (@MCK_NBK) July 21, 2021
#TheMostOutdatedActor #Balakrishna— ravishankar (@claythoughts) July 22, 2021
Don't know who #ARRahman is,Bharat Ratna equal to my Dad's toenail: Actor #NandhamuriBalakrishna.
This kinda attitude should not be encouragedp https://t.co/Bo41wqXunP pic.twitter.com/QLdKmcPUq0
What ever #Balakrishna has told about Bharatha Ratna and #ARRahman has nothing to do with Telugu speaking people.— Nageswar Reddy (@NationalistSays) July 22, 2021
Few racist supporters are trying to showcase this issue as Telugus vs Tamils.
We shld ignore them nd continue accepting talent across th borders.#whoisbalakrishna
I know who balakrishna is. But he isn't worth knowing. #ARRahman #RahmanPrideofIndia— Lone Wolf (@iamVetrii) July 21, 2021
Worst product of nepotism - world's worst actor - sexist - kalimann brain - chavunist - God complex - treat ppl like shit (like himself)
Wait.. what...!?? Did ARR sir like my tweet... 🥺🥺😳😳😳— Rubika (@itz_me_Ruby) July 22, 2021
Waking up to see this is such a honour..🤩❤️💯 Thank you sir.. 🙏
Makkalee pls purinjukonga, Dont create unnecessary problms over social media😑 #ARRahman ❤️ https://t.co/9mUWFyWRCX pic.twitter.com/9R8sSQm0qR
A.R. Rahman's response to the whole incident was liking a tweet that read, "Being a good #ARR fan. i will just ignore that calmly as like @arrahman sir does always. Does ARR become unrecognizable because one person said he doesn't know him? Comon, World is praising him for all his achievmnts in music industry.! #PeaceAndLove"