latest film Basavanna has created controversy even
before the shooting of the film kicked off. The first look of the
Kannada film has raised the eyebrows and has irked a section of
community in Karnataka.
Basavanna is the name of a leader from one of the
largest communities in Karnataka. The caption of the film and the
hand gesture in the poster have put the film in trouble. A gun
below a hand with fingers folded in the Chin Mudrā seems to have
send a wrong message to the public. Adding to that the first look
was released on Basava Jayanthi (May 13).
However, director Srinivasa Raju of Dandupalya fame has
denied any connection with the community leader. "I consider
Basavanna as just another film for me. When there are films with
God's name like Brahma, Shiva why not Basavanna. I have not chosen
the film's title to create controversy. I thought it was apt for my
story," the Indian Express quoted Srinivas as saying.
The film is all about the strength of a community. It is based
on sensitive subject and it will feature two heroines, which are
yet to be finalised. The shooting of the film will kick-start next