Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (EP)
Udupi, Feb 23: Pejawar seer Vishwaprasanna Theertha Sripada has condemned the insult to the Brahmin community in the film 'Pogaru' directed by Nanda Kishore.
“Scornful abusive remarks are made against Brahmins in several scenes of the film hurting the sentiments of Brahmins. This is unacceptable. The practice of insulting any community is uncalled for. The film industry should come out of the illusion that they will entertain in this manner. The scenes in which Brahmins are shown in poor light should be removed immediately,” he said.
Still from 'Pogaru'
The film had drawn criticism from several Brahmin organizations in Bengaluru who had protested and submitted a request to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC). The Pejawar seer also conveyed the matter telephonically to the authorities of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce expressing his disapproval and called for the removal of the controversial scenes from the film.
BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje also reacted strongly towards the movie. On her official Twitter handle, the BJP MP said that screening of Pogaru should be stopped until the controversial scenes were censored. "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," she wrote.
Meanwhile, the makers of the film have agreed to delete certain scenes from the movie after objections were raised against specific scenes. The decision was taken after a meeting with the Karnataka Brahmin Development Board and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. Pogaru was the first big-budget Kannada film to release post the Covid-19 induced lockdown.