On Monday, a group of protesters in Karnataka demanded that Sunny Leone quit her upcoming south Indian film ‘Veermahadevi’ on the grounds that a former porn star cannot essay the role of such a respected historical character.
The pro-Kannada group called Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene and led by their youth wing President R Harish have been taking to the streets, holding a press conference announcing their protest and threatening to do a “Padmaavat-like” protest if their demands are not met.
The poster of the film was released back in May with Sunny Leone playing the character of a brave Queen. Veermahadevi is directed by VC Vadivudaiyan and is a big budget movie at almost Rs 100 crores.
The movie will be multi-lingual, releasing in 5 different languages being, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam.
What Is The Protest About?
The protests started on Monday with people burning and tearing posters, slapping it with shoes and chappals, burning effigy of Leone with the poster as the face and even some of the youth cutting their hands with blades to “make people recognise” that they are not just playing around.
Essentially, Harish, the President of the youth wing of the Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene group is against a former porn star playing this historical character who had done much work in favour of the Hindus.
Harish stated that, “Leone is popular as a porn star and it such a person should not play a historical character, who is not only an icon of Kannada but also someone who built many temples,” and continued, “And Sunny Leone, with her history as an adult movie star, will hurt religious sentiment if she plays the role. We have no objection if any other actress portrays the character.”
While the makers of the film have not yet revealed whether the character in the movie is truly based on a real character, reports state that as per activists Veeramadevi had a hand in building a lot of temples in the present Karnataka, and thus religious sentiments could be hurt if her character is played by someone like Sunny Leone.
In a statement to Deccan Herald, the President also commented that, “We will not let this happen. This is also disrespect to the (Chola) dynasty which built several Hindu temples in Karnataka and its our duty to ensure their image is not damaged. If the movie is not banned, we will not allow Sunny to enter our Garden city.”
Harish further said that, “We are not against anything else, we just want her to quit this movie. Else, we will also have to protest like people in Rajasthan did against the movie Padmaavat.”
Not only that, but protestors are also planning to disrupt a performance of Leone that is being held in Bengaluru on 3rd November 2018.
Harish said in regards to this that, “We have bought at least 230 tickets for the performance, and we will disrupt it if she doesn’t stay away from the movie.”
On social media, this has gained a lot of traction, with many opposing such senseless protests for a mere movie.
And in Karnataka protests continue over Sunny Leone acting in ‘Veeramahadevi’ which this group says will 'hurt our culture'. How cutting themselves up and shedding blood is going to promote 'our culture' is a mysterious matter. pic.twitter.com/Jn6sDRiCpu
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) October 22, 2018
Bengaluru: Members of Karave Yuva Sene, the youth wing of pro-Kannada outfit Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), today tore the posters of 'Veeramahadevi' as a mark of protest against the presence of actress Sunny Leone as the lead role in the movie. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/gqgWvRIKzO
— ANI (@ANI) September 29, 2018
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