Director Nandakishore of Pogaru fame has agreed to remove 14 scenes from his film after members of the Brahmin community claimed that certain scenes were offensive. The film, starring Dhruva Sarja and Rashmika Mandanna, released in theatres on February 19 and received a lukewarm response from the audience. Pogaru was also dubbed in Tamil as Semma Thimuru.
14 SCENES TO BE CHOPPED OFF FROM POGARU
Nandakishore and the production house of Pogaru have decided to remove 14 scenes from the film. Members of the Brahmin community including the Karnataka Brahmin Board Chairman raised objections to the scenes that hurt the sentiments of the community.
In the film Pogaru, a scene shows miscreants keeping their foot on the shoulder of a priest who is performing a havan for the world's good. The makers of the film and the Brahmin community reached a decision after the intervention from the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce.
Director Nandakishore said, "We did not intend to hurt anyone. All the controversial scenes in the movie will be removed and the viewers won’t know the difference. This film is like my child and the edits won’t affect the storyline."
POGARU LANDS IN CONTROVERSY
Many had raised objections to scenes in the movie including BJP MP Shoba Karandlaje. She said, "It has become a fashion to humiliate Hindus and 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.”
Journalist Chiru Bhat, who works for an organisation affiliated with a right-wing group, alleged that his life is in threat. After he made comments about the film, actor Dhruva Sarja's fans threatened him.
He tweeted, "My life is under threat. Dhruva Sarja fans have gathered outside the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and threatening to come home to attack. This time it is serious. A WhatsApp group has been created, by the name 'Dhruva Boys Karnataka' where fans are openly discussing about killing me by sending voice notes saying "I tried calling him, he has switched off. Guess he's in Udupi, I'll kill & bury him in Malpe beach."
However, the Film Chamber told Chiru Bhat that none of the fans meant what they spoke, but were only angry about his comments on the actor.