The twists and turns in the Nithyananda saga would rival any film script and it is no surprise that several filmmakers have queued up to make quickies inspired by the alleged sex scandal.
Even as a slew of productions are under way in other languages, Kannada film producer Madan Patel has announced his venture, Sathyananda: A True Story of Nithyananda, slated for an April release.
Mr. Patel told presspersons here on Thursday: “Swami Nithyananda's ‘sexcapades' are an embarrassment to the religious-minded. This has led me to make the film.”
The self-styled godman became a media staple after his alleged sex tapes with a Tamil actor surfaced. The film will be based on the tapes, the 430-page chargesheet filed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and narrations of alleged victims and witnesses, Mr. Patel said.
A former associate of the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam in Bidadi, whose name was not revealed, has scripted the story. The unit will provide name and other details of the storywriter to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), he said.
The main character, the godman's lookalike, has been selected, Mr. Patel said and added that he has held discussions with lawyers about the legal implications.
Ram Gopal Varma, former whizkid who now has a string of flops, has announced his Hindi film on the subject, titled “God and Sex”. It is expected to be dubbed in Tamil and Telugu.
A noted Telugu director is busy with “Ayyarre”, on the same theme.
Sources in the Kannada industry said a famous hero will play the role of Nithyananda in an as-yet-untitled film, to be directed by the debutant Gajendra Achar.
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