Mangaluru, Sep 18, 2019: Tulu movie ‘Girgit’ makers, and members of the Mangalore Bar Association have submitted a joint memorandum to the court to settle the case mutually, H V Raghavendra, Association general secretary, told media September 17, Tuesday.
The Bar Association will withdraw the case after the movie makers comply with the order to mute the dialogue and delete a few scenes in the movie.
“The film ‘Girgit’ has ridiculed advocates and the court with cheap humour. The movie makers have convinced us that it was not intentional,” he added.
The joint memo was submitted to the court to settle the case at the earliest, with the movie makers promising to mute and delete the objectionable parts.
“We are not against movies and artistes. We want the Tulu film industry to grow. But some scenes and dialogues are unacceptable. Otherwise, we have no problem with the movie,” Raghavendra clarified.
Further, he said that the Association has filed a compliant with Mangaluru Police seeking action against persons who have put derogatory posts on social media mocking the Association. “Already, the police have arrested two persons. Two Facebook accounts have also been blocked, following the complaint. The Association has urged the police to arrest the admin of these Facebook accounts. Our fight against derogatory messages on social media will continue,” the general secretary stated.
Director and lead actor Roopesh Shetty said that the scenes in question were a part of the entertainment in the film. “It is purely entertainment. The characters are totally fictional. There was no intention to defame or mock anyone. Our representatives applied to the Central Board of Film Certification on Tuesday, seeking permission to mute the dialogue and cut a few scenes. Based on the permission from the CBFC, we will take measures to mute the dialogue and cut the scenes. It will take 30 to 40 days to cut the scenes. The muting of the dialogue will be done soon,” he promised.
On the derogatory comments made against the Bar Association, Roopesh, appealed to the public to desist from such hate messages. Roopesh, on September 13, had appeared before the court and filed a statement apologising for the objectionable scenes.