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Mussanje Gelathi irks moral police

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Actor-cum-director BP Srinivas-Shalini starrer movie Mussanje Gelathi is all to set to release on August 28. It has been reported earlier that BP Srinivas and Shalini, who are father and daughter, are playing the lovers in the movie. Now, this has irked many associations. These associations have protested the release of the movie stating that the movie encourages illegal relationships.

BP Srinivas is the director as well the hero of the movie Mussanje Gelathi. These associations have threatened to protest in front of the theatres, where the movie will be screened. Talking about the issue, the director says, “I know that some associations are against my movie. They have already filed a case at Chitradurga to stop the release of the movie."

Srinivas plays a professor, who falls in love with his student. And Shalini plays the student. “The Censor Board has already watched the movie Mussanje Gelathi and has given U/A certificate to it. I don"t appear dancing with my daughter Shalini in any romantic scene. We have just done justice to our roles. And this will not affect our relationship in anyway," adds the director-cum-actor.

It is said that Dr. Jayamala the president of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) was invited for the audio release function of the movie Mussanje Gelathi, but she had gently refused to attend the function as she herself would oppose and protest the release of such a movie that deals with father-daughter romance on-screen.

In a sense, this kind of issue will benefit the movie. It"s kind of free publicity. “I"m not at all bothered about such issues," says the director. But many students, parents, audiences, psychologist and social thinkers have expressed their deep concern over the loss of human relationship.

M Shrinivas, the Professor in Psychology at NMKRV College Bangalore, opines, “The movie Mussanje Gelathi will have a bad effect on the society. Reel life is influencing real life in a greater way these days. This movie gives a wrong message to the society. But I know that director is not in a mood to think on this issue."

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