Telugu movie Baahubali starring Prabas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka Shetty in leads, has been creating positive waves in the media, ever since director SS Rajamouli announced it. But for the first time, this much-talked about film is making it to the headlines for a wrong reason. The makers of the flick have received a legal notice from a Jain community for misusing the name of their most revered figure.
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Baahubali is the name of a Jain Tirthankara of 10th century AD, who decided to give up his kingdom and take up the ascetic life following his fight with his brother Bharat. He is a major figure in Jain hagiography. His story exemplifies the inner strength of Indian culture. He is considered the ideal of the man, who conquers selfishness, jealousy, pride and anger.
But the usage of his name in the title for the film Baahubali, which would contain extreme violence, has disappointed that the followers of Jain religion. Bhattakalankar Soudha Swamiji Mutt, based in Uttara Kannada, has reportedly issued a legal notice the producers of the movie. The community reportedly claims that the title is hurting their religious sentiments and should be changed.
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"Lord Gomateshwara is worshiped as a beacon of peace and sacrifice. But the trailers of Baahubali have been very violent and showcase the character sporting swords, fighting and making many aggressive gestures which fly against the tenets of the religion. As a peace loving community, the film's trailers have hurt the sentiments of the community," Times of India quotes advocate Nagashree as saying.
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This community fears that the story of Gomateshwara is being portrayed in a bad light in the movie Baahubali. Nagashree, who has sent the legal notice to the makers of the film, adds, "If the story of the film is based on the story of Lord Gomateshwara the community wants to prohibit the filmmakers from doing so."
The production unit of Baahubali is currently busy shooting a war sequence for the movie. Director SS Rajamouli, none of its producers have made any comment on this legal notice. But sources from the film unit say that the story of the movie has nothing to do with this Jain tradition, but the title is creating confusion.