Mangalore, May 13, 2012: Munirathna, the producer of the controversial first full-length three-dimensional Kannada movie Katariveera Surasundarangi; Rockline Venkatesh, its distributor; and many other key people associated with the movie arrived at Mangalore on May 12, Saturday to hold talks with Sangh Parivar leaders M. B. Puranik, Jagadeesh Shenava, Gopal Kuttar, Sharan Pumpwell, Jithesh Kottari, and others at the VHP office in PVS.
The Sangh Parivar had prevented theatres in Mangalore from showing the movie on grounds that it depicted Hindu deities in a derogatory way.
The discussion began at 8:00 p.m., but the groups could not come to any agreement. Finally, Swami Vishvesha Teertha of Pejawar Mutt called M. B. Puranik on his mobile phone and told him that he will watch the movie in Bangalore on May 14, Monday.
Munirathna agreed, but said that the Sangh Parivar should allow theatres to show the movie till Monday. He expressed his fear that banning the film in DK will discourage viewers in other districts too. The Sangh Parivar, however, refused to agree and said that they will allow theatres to show the movie only after the movie crew removes the objectionable content in it.
Finally, the movie team said that it will make arrangements for the Pejawar Mutt Swamiji to view the movie in Bangalore on Monday, after which the meeting came to an end.