Former Naxal’s film on Nayeem raises hackles

HYDERABAD: A former Naxalite has raised the hackles of some sections of people as he has come out with what he describes as an ‘investigative film’ on gansgster Nayeem, who was killed in an encounter with police. 
The Telugu film titled ‘Nayeem Diaries’ is set to hit the screens on December 10. The filmmaker, Daamu Balaji, claimed that he has been getting threats from people objecting to his movie, including its title. 
“There can be no better person than me who can make a film on the subject that I have chosen as I myself have been a Naxalite, was underground and spent time in jail before joining the mainstream. I know the inside story of how the Naxalites (Maoists) function. I have also gathered first-hand information about Nayeem and his activities and those who benefited from his criminal actions,” Balaji told TOI. 
Nayeem, a former Naxalite, was killed in a police encounter on August 8, 2016, on the outskirts of Hyderabad. 
Technically speaking, the film is being called a ‘work of fiction’ based on the life of Nayeem. The filmmaker says reality gets reflected in the film. “For one-and-a-half years, I have worked on the subject. I even spoke to some who were Nayeem’s handlers. Nayeem is not being glorified in the movie but it will certainly raise questions about those who have escaped from being under scrutiny of law for using him,” he said.


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