The happy moments of the initial success of Darshan's Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna have been marred by controversy over Nikita's portrayal of Sangolli Rayanna's girlfriend in the movie. However, it has not affected to much-extent, as the stars have come in support of the historical film and defended the portions of Nikita.
After the release of Sangolli Rayanna, Jaya Karnataka Vedike, a pro-Kannada organisation, has held protest in various parts of the state and raised objection for the duet song between Darshan and Nikita in the film. According to them, the freedom fighter never had an affair with any girl and remained bachelor till his death.
However, stars like B Saroja Devi, senior director Bhargava, Sudharshan and Sudeep have opined that the movie has been well-made and Nikita's portion does not hurt anyone, as in the title card itself the makers of the film claim that they have made slight changes in the story for cinematic purpose. See the pictures below to read what exactly stars have said...
A Still From The Controversial Song
'Nanyedhe veene...' between Darshan (Rayanna) and Nikita (Mallamma) is the song, which has created the controversy. The pro-Kannada group says that there has been no reference about Rayanna's love story in any of the book written on him.
Nikita And Darshan In The Controvesial Track
Veteran director Bhargava said that a film should be watched like a film, and adding commercial elements are essential in the modern days movie to attract the audience.
Senior actor B Sarojadevi and Sudarshan have said that people should appreciate the efforts of the makers of Sangolli Rayanna than creating unnecessary troubles. We request audience to encourage such films, which would be the pride of Karnataka.
Sudeep And Darshan
"I request people to watch the film and come to conclusion. Instead of criticising the film, one should understand how brilliantly the film on Rayanna has been made. Darshan's performance is outstanding," said Sudeep.
Producer Anand V Appugol says that they shot the song in a manner in which a girl dreams of his boyfriend. It is in her imagination that she romances Rayanna. Hence, the song is not an insult to the freedom fighter.