The film posters have portrayed Basaveshwara in a violent manner

Following objections over the portrayal of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara on the posters of Kannada film Iva Basavanna , the State government will direct the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) to withdraw the title itself.

Leader of the House and IT & BT Minister S.R. Patil made such an assurance in the Legislative Council on Thursday while replying to the issue raised during Zero Hour by Opposition Chief Whip A.H. Shivayogiswamy.

The Minister said that Basaveshwara stood for peace, non-violence and universal brotherhood, and to portray him with a gun on the posters was unfortunate.

Pointing out that various organisations had called for a bandh in Basavana Bagewadi — the birthplace of Basaveshwara — on Friday, Mr. Patil appealed to the people to withdraw such protests as the film title itself was set to be withdrawn. The film has been under controversy ever since the posters were released. The issue had been raised in the Assembly where members expressed concern over the disrespectful portrayal of Basaveshwara.

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