Hyderabad drug case: ‘Mass Maharaja’ Ravi Teja in hot seat today, ready for quiz

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HYDERABAD: Ravi Teja, one of the top Telugu film heroes, will be grilled by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the excise department on the drugs issue on Friday . The actor’s mother Rajyalakshmi had claimed that there was no way her disciplined son would be related to the drugs issue. Teja himself has maintained a stoic silence on the issue.

Ravi Teja has acted in many films directed by Puri Jagannadh, who was the first from the film industry to be subjected to questioning in the drugs probe. In the past, Ravi Teja’s brothers Bharath, who died in a road accident recently, and Raghu had been arrested in drug related cases.Twenty years ago, Ravi Teja debuted with a role in `Sindhooram’ directed by Krishna

Twenty years ago, Ravi Teja debuted with a role in `Sindhooram’ directed by Krishna Vamsi. In `Nee Kosam’, he put up a sterling performance, but what endeared him to the masses was `Idiot’ directed by Puri Jagannadh in 2002. That placed the hero in big league and he even got the title `Mass Maharaja’ from his fans and admirers.

More impressive and power-packed performances followed in films like `Amma Naana O Tamila Ammayi’, `Dubai Seenu’, `Kick’ and `Don Seenu’. He also acted in `Itlu Sravani Subramanyam’, `Power’, `Mirapakay’ and `Krishna’. With established stars holding centre-stage in Tollywood, Teja managed to climb up the ladder, giving the producers the hope that not only would his films get good openings but also prove to be hits. Most of the times, it proved right.

Ravi Teja, who has been shooting for his two forthcoming films `Raja the Great’ and `Touch Chesi Chudu’, had lost his cool recently when media questioned him why he had not attended his brother Bharath’s last rites.He explained saying he wanted his brother’s smiling face to be etched in his mind forever and not his dead body.

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