The makers of the Kannada film Pogaru have agreed to delete certain scenes from the movie after members of the Brahmin community raised objections. The decision was taken after a meeting with Karnataka Brahmin Development Board and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. Pogaru was the first big budget Kannada film to release post the Covid-19 induced lockdown.
"Do not target any community in cinemas. Consider the emotions of that community. Everybody is hurt by this incident which is why we decided to protest. They have now agreed to remove the said scenes. We welcome their decision," Sreekanth, member of the community said.
The community members had given a deadline until Wednesday evening failing which they were set to protest.
"There has been an unintentional mistake. I apologise to the Brahmin community. Our intent was not to hurt anyone. 12 controversial scenes in the movie will be removed. It will be done in such a way that viewers wouldn't know the difference. This movie is my four year old child. We will ensure the edit is done in a way that it doesn't affect the film," said film director Nanda Kishore.
The scenes included one where the protaganist of the movie is seen keeping his foot on the shoulder of a priest. The community members objected to several scenes and dialogues that they said hurt the sentiments of Brahmins.
"Twelve scenes have come to our notice that the community members have raised objections to. We have spoken to both parties and have arrived at a solution. The scenes will be cut at 9am tomorrow," said Jayaraj, president, Kannada film chamber of commerce.
BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje took to Twitter to raise objection to the scenes in the movies.
"It has become a fashion to humiliate Hindus & take a ride on our sentiments.
Whether they have guts to portray other religions in this manner?
Screening of #Pogaru film has to be stopped until such objectable scenes are censored.
Hurting Hindu emotions can't be ignored."
It has become a fashion to humiliate Hindus & take a ride on our sentiments.Whether they have guts to portray other religions in this manner?Screening of #Pogaru film has to be stopped until such objectable scenes are censored.Hurting Hindu emotions can't be ignored. pic.twitter.com/H6RYijonoK— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) February 23, 2021
Pogaru has been written and directed by Nanda Kishore, and produced by B. K. Gangadhar. It stars Dhruva Sarja and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles.