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Abhinetri (U/A)

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Release Date

30 Jan 2015
Story
Abhinetri is a story based on The Tragedy of a Legend actress Kalpana, which is directed by Satish Pradhan. In which, Pooja Gandhi playing the lead role along with Makarand Deshpande, Srinagar Kitty, Atul Kulkarni, P. Ravi Shankar and Neethu.

Controversies

The film which was set to release on June 6, was delayed after a complaint was filed at a local court in Bangalore by novelist, Bhagya Krishnamurthy. She alleged that the film was based on a serialised novel Abhinetriya Antaranaga, written by her for the weekly Kannada magazine Mangala, in 2003. The producer and lead actress of the film, Pooja Gandhi commented saying, "There is no similarity between my film and the novel. The team hadn’t heard of the novel until the case was filed.

In August 2014, the daughter of Puttanna Kanagal said that her father was shown in bad light in the film. Kanagal allegedly had an affair with Kalpana, the actress on whose the film is based on. The director of the film, Satish Pradhan replied to this saying, "As a director, I have followed his direction. I honour Puttanna’s work and respect him as a director. Why would I want to get into his personal life? The story is inspired by actress Kalpana and her life. Puttanna is in the picture but we have not disrespected him. Where is the necessity to create a different story.

Release

The satellite rights of the film were bought by Zee Kannada in mid-2014. Abhinetri movie got 'U/A" certificate from Regional Censor Board. The makers were ask to cut two scenes from the film and 11 dialogues were muted. It is set for a late 2014 release, but however got delayed in its post-productions stages. At last movie hit the screens on January 30th, 2015.
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