Ravi Srivastava is known as the controversial director of Kannada cinema. His fourth film Maadesha, featuring hat trick hero Shivaraj Kumar, was also locked in controversy with the Censor Board and is finally cleared with a revised 'A' certificate.
The regional Censor Board, unhappy with the violence and action in the film, had asked the producers to prune certain scenes which they thought are not proper. The director and producer have obliged the Censor Board by editing out the controversial portions and Maadesha is set for release today, ie, 29th of September.
It is heard that the Censor Board was not only unhappy with the violence, but certain dialogues of Shivaraj Kumar in the film were also asked to be cut. Following this, Shivaraj Kumar re-dubbed the portions in question but still, the Censor Board awarded the film only an 'A' certificate.
Despite the setback it got from the Censor Board, Maadesha will be releasing in 93 centres with 372 shows a day, which is a record. The film is produced by Govardhana Murthy under the banner of L.G Anupam Film city. G.S.V. Seetharam is the man behind the camera while Mano Murthy has set the tunes. Stunts are handled by Thriller Manju. Shivaraj Kumar, Sonu Bhatia, Ravi Belegere, Ravi Kale, Ramesh Pandit, Harish Rai, Padmaja Rao, Dattanna, Bullet Prakash, Muni, Raghu, Kote Prabhakar and Jaggesh's son Yathi are in the cast.
This is not the first time that Ravi Srivastava is creating controversies. His earlier films, Deadly Soma, Ganda Hendathi and Boy Friend (a remake of the Hindi movie Murder) and Yee Rajeev...Gandhi Alla... all of them rode piggy-back on controversies.