KVSS muddle continues!
State of Karnataka, now has two Censor Boards – CBFC & Muth, the Pontiff Board. The Swamijis who are far away from films and pleasures of this world volunteered to watch a commercial Kannada movie ‘Katari Veera Sura Sundarangi’(KVSS) that has got U/A certificate.
“For the first time, heads of various mutts have raised voice against a film that depicts Hindu religion and Gods in poor light. Many films that have objectionable dialogues were made in the past. We are warning producers not to make such films in future. Dalits are also Hindus . We cannot overlook the Court order. Yet we have set an alarm bell. Here afterwards any film, film music, bhajans, plays etc should not defame the Hindu gods and goddesses. This time the senior pontiffs like Sri Vishveswara Thirtha of Pejawar Mut, Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji of Adhi Chunchanagiri and Sri Siddaganga Mut Sri Shivakumar Swamiji have asked the juniors to stop at it from this film KVSS.”
: said Sri Santosh Guruji as the collective opinion of various religious leaders & bodies called “Math” in Karnataka after suggesting more cuts in KVSS in contrary to the court’s order. On the city Civil Court stay order he had nothing to say. We have to obey the court. Court is above the Swamijis he replied. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other organisations had raised objections over some controversial dialogues and scenes in film.
A meeting organised on Thursday evening to amicably solve the controversy surrounding the forthcoming film KVSS ended in an anti-climax. The producer had agreed to remove objectionable scenes, but a court order against its removal was brought to their notice. K Nagaraj, Regional Officer, Central Board for Film Certification, has said that no one can interfere or disturb the screening of a film once it was okayed by the Censor Board. Whether to agree to Swamijis or to Court order is his piquant situation of the producer Munirathna Naidu and distributor Rockline Venkatesh.
On Thursday evening Sri Lakshmivara Thirtha of Shiroor Muth, Sri Bharathi Swamiji of Adhichunchanagiri, Sri Sureshananda Swamiji, Sri Santosh Guruji and other Hindu Association leaders watched the film at Renukamba Digital theatre suggested two cuts and brought some respite for the producer Munirathna Naidu of kVSS the legal hassle has put the producer in the scissors again. While appreciating the producer for effecting six cuts that show Hindu religion and Gods in poor light, Santosh has advised him to remove two more scenes – one criticising Rama and Krishna and the other one where hero kicks Gods.
Producer of Rs.15 crores first high quality 3D film KVSS Munirathna Naidu despite of high tension he is facing for the film has decided to make another 3D film after all problems get over.
The Dalit Rakshana Vedike has brought a stay order for the film screening without any cuts from the existing censor cuts suggested. That is very clear that Dalit association has not liked the suggestions made by Hindu Swamijis.
On the appeal made by Sri Pejawar Muth Swamiji, Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji and Sri Siddaganga Sri Shivakumara Swamiji we have seen the film . Till that time we found two more cuts not made and Munirathna Naidu has agreed to it stated Santosh Guruji.
While the Swamijis watching three fourth of the film KVSS suggested for two more cuts for the film and then release the film on Thursday night the piquant situation for producer Munirathna Naidu and distributor of the film Rockline Venkatesh was the City civil court stay order for showing the film KVSS according to the first censor version. The stay order was brought by Dalit Rakshana Samithi. The fact remains that in some parts of Karnataka ‘KVSS’ is screening the first censor version as it is without cuts. Producer Munirathna Naidu agreed to the call of the Swamijis and making necessary changes consulting the Regional Censor Board. Meanwhile he has to rush to the City Civil Court to Dalit Rakshana Sangha filing a case.
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