There has been a professional rivalry between the top 4 senior actors in the industry. Just like Mega vs. Nandamuri, Akkineni vs. Daggubati clashes have also been quite toxic.
The last decade was going very dull for Akkineni fans as Manam was the only film that could register an impact. Then in 2016, the unexpected blockbuster success of Soggade Chinni Nayana gave a fresh lease of life to Akkineni fans. Oopiri also did reasonably well. But after that, there has been a lull.
Daggubati fans were also going through a lean phase, but the phenomenal success of F2 in 2019 brought them back to life. The film crossed a share of around 79 crores which was unimaginable for senior heroes in those times. This created a lot of insecurity among Nagarjuna fans as Nag was giving films like Officer with zero share collections in those days.
The success of F3 now has again irked the Akkineni fans, and they are trying to pull down the film. They are making comparisons between collections of F3 in some remote areas with that of Bangarraju.
But many in the trade feel that Venkatesh has marched much ahead of Nagarjuna in terms of stardom in the second innings of their career.
The success of F3 has become a source of Fun for Venkatesh fans and Frustration for Akkineni Fans.