The controversy over the film Basavanna has reached the State Assembly. The Speaker has provided 30 minutes to discuss the issue on Thursday. The Upendra-starrer film, shooting for which started earlier this week in Mysore, has become controversial because of its posters. The posters had shown a pistol in its first look and in the recent posters shows Upendra wielding a sword. Objections have been raised over the issue and the producer has promised to remove the objectional elements.
On Wednesday, former minister and MLA, Govinda Karajola raised the issue in the Assembly. He said that he was very much hurt by how Basavanna's name is being misused in the film. He wanted a debate on the issue. The issue got a boost with former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa joining the debate. The Speaker then said that considering that many members wanted to debate the issue provided 30 minutes of discussion time on Thursday under Rule 69.
Under Rule 69, the concerned minister will have to answer to the points raised by members. With a sizeable number of Lingayat MLAs upset over the issue, it could turn out to be a heated debate. The minister of Kannada and Culture is Umashree, who is from the film fraternity. It is to be seen how she handles the issue. If the MLAs demand that the name of the film changed, the film will be in real trouble. If members demand to pass strictures against the film, it will become a first of its kind for a film. In any sense, a film being debated in the Assembly for its controversy is a first.
There are as many as seven MLAs who have links to the film industry.
These include minister Ambareesh, Umashree, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, Madhu Bangarappa, CP Yogeshwar, Muniratna and Ashok Kheny. How these members will talk about the issue will be closely watched by the film industry.