Director Kavitha Lankesh has slammed at Master Manjunath saying that he is still living in the past and he needs to grow up. Earlier, in an interview to the Bangalore Mirror, The Malgudi Days actor had expressed his disappointment over not getting due credit for his father Shankar Naga. He had said that he could file a lawsuit against Kavitha.
Recently, producer Narasimhan has put all Shankar and Kavitha directed episodes of Malgudi Days together and released it in DVD format. That's why the credit has been given as 'Directed by Kavitha Lankesh and Shankar Nag' on the DVDs. But Manjunath was very upset over the recognition.
Speaking to the Bangalore Mirror about his claims, Kavitha Lankesh said that, Since Manjunath doesn't hold any rights to RK Narayan"s works, he cannot file a lawsuit against me. In fact, Dev Anand, TS Nagabharana have also done their movies based on RKN. "Can Manjunath sue them?" Kavitha asks.
Kavitha said, "I'm not the producer. I've done the work and they have put my name. It's their duty to give due credit to Shankar Naga. Why is he dragging in my name? Is he a filmmaker?" She added, “Manjunath is still living in the world of Malgudi Days that he was part of 30 years ago. He has to grow out of it. Even Malgudi, the people and the place have changed. There is a lot of traffic there now."