The protesters oppose the statue since Chaplin was a Christian and there is a temple nearby where the statue is set to be built. Hegde, who is unhappy about dropping the idea, now plans to shift the location to either Bhatkal beach or Karwar beach. Again, he has to seek the permission from the authorities to build the statue, which will be a permanent structure.
He says that Houseful has to release on time to recover the costs and it will be a big blow if the statue is not built since he has given much publicity to it. He had even hoped that the 62 feet tall statue will find a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.