Upendra's forthcoming movie Basavanna, which has created a controversy over the title, will have to undergo name change. The State Government has asked the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce for the cancellation of title given to the makers of the movie.
IT and Biotechnology Industry (BT) Minister SR Patil has announced the news that any filmmaker, who wants to have a particular title, has to request the KFCC to register the title. The board should look into the title from every angle before approving it to avoid controversies.
However, now, the government has passed an order to ask the makers of Basavanna to change the title as it has not only created controversies, but also it has hurt the followers of religious and social reformer Basavanna.
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 first poster put the film in trouble. A gun below a hand with fingers folded in the Chin Mudrā did not go well with a section of people. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
Adding to that the latest posters of the movie show Upendra in red-colour dhoti with the sacred thread (Janivara in Kannada) which ran from left shoulder to waist, along with rudraksha beads, vibhuti and a sword. This made people to raise serious objection over the title.
Politics Over The Title?
Former Chief Minister BS Yeddurappa said that it is an insult to Basavanna. It has hurt the sentiments of Lingayat community. He demanded the government to intervene and resolve the issue.
Before BS Yeddurappa, it was Govinda Karajola, who raised the issue in the assembly. Govinda Karajola explained to the assembly that how big the issue is and what it has done to the community. He was later backed by sizeable number of leaders from Lingayat community.
The Political Debate
Bowing down to their demands, Speaker Kaagodu Thimmappa gave permission to debate for 30 minutes in the assembly under Rule 69.
Why Only Uppi Movies?
He adds, "Earlier, many have done movies with mythical names, but my movie Katariveera Surasundarangi was singled out." Meanwhile, religious leaders from the community have demanded the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce to scrap the title.