Pro-Kannada organization Kannada Rakshana Vedike (KRV) Yuva Sene, on Monday, protested against the casting of Sunny Leone in a multi-lingual film ‘Veeramadevi’ alleging that this will be an insult to a historical figure and warned of a ‘Padmaavat- like’ protest if she is not replaced.
Extreme steps of self harm in order to ‘make people recognise’ the seriousness of their intentions were taken by a couple of youth, who cut their hands with blades.
“Leone is popular as a porn star and such a person should not play a historical character, who is not only an icon of Kannada but also someone who built many temples,” the group’s youth wing president R Harish said.
According to the activists, Veeramadevi had built many temples in what is now Karnataka and, hence, their religious sentiments would be hurt if she is played by Sunny Leone.
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In order to establish the weight of their demand, the protesters have sworn to disrupt a performance by Sunny Leone in Bengaluru on 3rd November this year.
“We have bought at least 230 tickets for the performance, and we will disrupt it if she doesn’t stay away from the movie,” Harish said.
The protesters said they do not have any problem with Sunny Leone acting in any movie or taking part in any programme but being the protagonist in a movie with historical characters is something that they cannot accept.
“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,” Harish said.
Meanwhile, Harish M, founder and director of Time Creations, which is organising the November 3 event, said it was up to the police now to ensure the security of the performers at the event.
“This is a Kannada event and we have even accommodated Raghu Dixit in it”, adding “The event comes under my purview, I cannot do anything about objections to a movie that I have nothing to do with.”, said Harish M.