Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma (RGV), who is back in news for the controversy over his next movie, "Savitri" ("Sridevi"), is considering on taking legal action against the people, who are giving a negative publicity for his upcoming movie.
RGV's forthcoming movie "Sridevi" deals with the concept of a teenager's crush towards a woman older than him. Directed by Kiran Prasad, the movie features Anushkriti Govind Sharma in the titular role. The maker recently released a controversial poster of the movie, which has garnered a lot of wrath and hate of the people across the state.
Following the release of the poster of "Sridevi", the State Child Rights Protection Commission registered a Suo Motto case against the director for violating child rights. In response to the controversy, he sent an open letter, in which he condemned the people for their mindless speculation about a non-existent issue in the film.
"A poster of my upcoming film was released and some organisations started agitating without any understanding of it, I felt a need to clarify things to those misinformed and misguided organisations And hence I am releasing this press note," The Times of India quoted RGV's statement.
He dismissed allegations that the title of the film brings disgrace to the mythological character, Savitri, who is a chaste woman and that the woman in the poster is a teacher.
"Just by watching my poster if those people are imagining the story of the film and taking it for granted that the woman in the poster is a teacher is highly deplorable," reads a statement from RGV's letter.
The filmmaker says that the woman in the poster of Savitri is not a teacher. " I am ashamed to hear such narrow thinking of those people. The State commission for protection of children's rights also assumed that the woman in the poster to be a teacher and they sent a notice to me . I want to clarify once for all that the film is neither my story nor the woman in the poster a teacher in the film," clarified the director.
On the allegation of child rights violation, RGV says that "Savitri" is about the ill effects of a boy being subjected to a fast-moving life styles of today's world.
"I feel that all these people are blindly and mindlessly speculating about a non-existent issue in the film in a premature way and as per the notice sent to me by the state commission for protection of child rights I will reply to them in detail on their misinformed allegations against me. I also want to clarify that the boy in the poster is already an actor who appeared in films before and in my film he is doing his job with his parents' approval and actually in their presence," he explained.
RGV concludes his letter saying that he want to take legal action against the negative publicity of "Savitri". "I am going to move legally against all the people who for the sake of their own cheap publicity gave my film negative publicity thus affecting the movie's, reputation and the efforts that went into making this movie because I am deeply hurt by such gross irresponsibility on their part," RGV concludes the letter.