Muniratna says edited version of film will be released this Friday
The producer of the controversial Kannada film Katari Veera Surasundarangi, Muniratna, said here on Monday that the film would be released again on Friday (May 18) after editing some scenes and dialogues considered objectionable to Hindu activists.
Mr. Muniratna and actor of the film, Upendra, met Lakshmivara Tirtha Swami of Shiroor Math and held consultations over the release of the film.
The Shiroor seer and activists belonging to the Bajrang Dal had stopped the screening of the film at the Gitanjali cinema here in Udupi on May 12, protesting against some scenes and dialogues, which they said were objectionable to Hindu religion. There were protests against the film in other parts of the State also.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr. Muniratna said at the meeting with the Shiroor seer held on Monday, it was decided to remove the objectionable content. The film would do well after the necessary editing was done, he added.
Mr. Upendra recalled his 15-year-long association with the Shiroor seer. He had visited the seer during his last Paryaya in 1994-95 and the seer had blessed him. This had helped his film Om become a box office success. All differences with regard to Katari Veera Surasundarangi were resolved, he said. With the blessings of Lord Krishna and the seer, this film too would be successful.
Mr. Upendra pointed out the difficulties involved in producing a 3D film. Mr. Muniratna had not only produced the film in 3D, but many theatre owners had cooperated by making requisite changes to screen the 3D film in their theatres.
The Shiroor Math seer said that Mr. Upendra had offered ‘Tappu Kanike' (money offered to seek forgiveness) to Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman at the ‘Kanakana Kindi' at Sri Krishna Math for the objectionable scenes in the film. “Let this film be successful. I too will try to see the film,” he said.