Allu Arjun is now in legal trouble for his latest ad which has been termed as 'demeaning' and 'negative' by Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC)/ The corporation has taken offense to a recent advertisement featuring the Tollywood actor.
The advertisement for bike & taxi app Rapido, which is being aired on YouTube, shows the actor telling audiences that state buses take too long while commuting via a Rapido bike is faster and safer. Playing a street-side dosa seller, he tells a customer that traveling by a crowded public transport bus would mince a commuter who is like a regular dosa into a masala dosa, suggesting that using Rapido is more convenient. However, in the ad, Allu points to an Andhra Pradesh bus on the Veeravasaram route, a village in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
Now, RTC has said in a statement that the commercial has drawn flak from many people, including RTC commuters, as well as its admirers, staff and retired employees. "They are condemning the negative manner in which RTC buses have been shown in comparison to the Rapido service. Demeaning the TSRTC will be tolerated neither by the TSRTC management nor by the commuters, admirers and our own and retired employees," the statement said.
Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sajjanar, on the other hand, said actors should appear in advertisements that promote public transport for an environmentally cleaner society. He requested all actors, celebrities and eminent personalities, who are in a position to influence public opinion, to desist from promoting content that is "detrimental to public transportation and public good."