After the recently released Kannada film, Pogaru, showed a character placing a foot on a shoulder of a priest as the latter performs a puja, with the character later hanging the priest from a crane and beating him, Hindus across Karnataka protested. The makers of Pogaru have now agreed to delete certain scenes from the movie after the majority community raised objections.
The filmmakers took the decision after a meeting with the Karnataka Brahmin Development Board and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. Pogaru was the first big-budget Kannada film to release post the Covid-19 induced lockdown.
“Do not target any community in cinemas. Consider the emotions of that community. Everybody is hurt by this incident which is why we decided to protest. They have now agreed to remove the said scenes. We welcome their decision,” Sreekanth, a member of the community said.
Trade analysts are saying that Kannadigas have rejected the movie and are not turning up even after the cinema halls are offering free refreshments with every ticket.
The community members had given a deadline until Wednesday evening failing which they were set to protest.
“There has been an unintentional mistake. I apologise to the Brahmin community. Our intent was not to hurt anyone. 12 controversial scenes in the movie will be removed. It will be done in such a way that viewers wouldn’t know the difference. This movie is my four-year-old child. We will ensure the edit is done in a way that it doesn’t affect the film,” said film director Nanda Kishore.
The community members objected to several scenes and dialogues that they said hurt the sentiments of Hindus.
“Twelve scenes have come to our notice that the community members have raised objections to. We have spoken to both parties and have arrived at a solution. The scenes will be cut at 9am tomorrow,” said Jayaraj, president, Kannada film chamber of commerce.
BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje took to Twitter to raise objection to the scenes in the movies.
“It has become a fashion to humiliate Hindus & take a ride on our sentiments. Whether they have guts to portray other religions in this manner? Screening of #Pogaru film has to be stopped until such objectable scenes are censored,” she tweeted.
Written and directed by Nanda Kishore, Pogaru is the production of BK Gangadhar. It stars Dhruva Sarja and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles.