Several Maratha organisations (Marathi Community) in Karnataka,
has objected the tag-line of Sandalwood's forthcoming movie
Chatrapahti, which reads 'Underworld ge adipathi (King of
underworld)'. Karnataka Kshatriya Maratha Parishat (KKMP), the
leading organisation of the community in Karnataka, have demanded
the filmmaker to change the tag-line.
It is said that Chatrapathi is referred to the King Chatrapathi
Shivaji, and the Maratha community is upset over linking it to the
underworld. The movie is the remake of Telugu hit
Chatrapathi, which was directed by SS Rajamouli.
Talking to a leading daily, Dinesh
Gandhi, director of Kannada movie Chatrapathi quoted,
"The film is not about any historical person. A film with the same
name was made in Telugu and it is about a person in the underworld.
It has no reference to Shivaji Maharaj for whom I have great
respect. I have used this caption from the beginning, but only now
there are some objections. These things are somehow raked up. I
have not decided on anything."
Now, KKMP have approached Karnataka Film Chamber Of Commerce (KFCC), to order director Dinesh Gandhi to remove the tag-line, which is an attempt at character assassination of an eminent historical ruler.