As a matter of fact cinema is being targeted once again by raising objections against content of the films, Rohit Shetty’s latest release Singham being the latest one. There has been wide spread protest against the Ajay Devgan starrer as it claimed to be containing dialogues against the Kannada speaking people. The protagonists Ajay Devgn and Prakash Raj represent Maharashtra and Karnataka and a dialogue of the former with latter, reads ‘tum Jaiso Kuthto Ke Liye…mein he Kafi hoon’, raised the ire of Karnataka Vedike.
The screening of Singham was stalled in Bengaluru, Hubli, Raichur, Dharwad city theatres. The posters were applied black paint, cut outs were damaged and wild protest was heard in different parts of the state. The film, which also features Kajal Agarwal and Prakash Raj, has some objectionable dialogues that hurt the Kannadigas, says Karnataka Rakshana Vedike leader Narayana Gowda.
According to Prakash there is nothing of that sort. “It has been misguided. I am also aware of Kannadiga sentiments. For my role in the Hindi film ‘Singham’ the cop role Ajay Devgn says “There is no need to bring people from Maharashtra and Me alone is enough for you” stated the actor, who plays the villain in ‘Singham’.Prakash Raj urged the protesters to call off as there is nothing disturbing to sentiments of Kannadigas.
The two states have been at logger heads for quite a long time for the border dispute between them, and Singham seems to have reignited the flames. The point of conflict of the people of Karnataka also is owing to the fact that Rohit Shetty, being a Kannadiga should not have glossed over it.
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