Court order comes to Kataariveera's rescue

Court order comes to Kataariveera's rescue

Seers watch Surasundarangi at special screening

As seers from various mutts watched the Kannada movie, Kataariveera Surasundarangi, hoping to suggest more cuts, little did they anticipate that a Court ruling would put them on the backfoot.

The order issued on Thursday had granted a stay to the appellants, Dalit Rakshana Vedike, on any further cuts in the movie, other than those suggested by the Censor Board.

Once the court order came to the fore, producer Munirathna, along with distributor Rockline Venkatesh, could not keep their ‘promise’ of obliging to the six seers, who had come to watch the edited version of the movie at the Renukamba preview theatre in Malleswaram.

Earlier in the day, the corporator of Yeshwantpura ward and Karnataka Film Producers Association (KFPA) president Munirathna had said he would fulfill to the seers’ demands and cut the portions they find objectionable.

However, when asked about the court stay, Munirathna was in a quandary over whether to adhere to the ‘Dharma gurus’ or to the judiciary.

“I am yet to read the court order. Once I do that, I will consult with the swamijis to proceed further on the future of the movie,” he said.

Onus on producer

Admitting that there was no “higher order” than the judiciary in this regard, Guruji Santosh, representative of the Pejawar mutt, said the producer had to take a call on what he intended to do over their “objection” to certain scenes in the movie.

“With the court order in place, we cannot say anything apart from airing our personal views on the matter and appeal to our followers to not watch the movie,” he said.

Objections

During the screening of the edited version of the movie earlier in the day, the seers had walked out objecting to certain “offensive scenes and dialogues against the Hindu gods and goddesses”.

Having already suggested six cuts in the movie, the ‘dharma gurus’ have asked for two more cuts.

One scene has a dialogue about Lord Rama and Krishna and another scene shows ‘rishis’ dancing to a song in the movie.

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