Fringe outfits launched a fresh tirade against actor Sunny Leone in Bengaluru on Saturday. Amidst the on-going battle between Karave (Karnataka Rakshana Vedike)Yuva Sena and Leone, the pro-Kannada group has found support from Sri Ram Sena in its cause.
The fringe outfits have now jointly planned to protest against Sunny Leone. They've taken on the actor for her upcoming movie Veeramadevi. The bone of the contention between the groups and Leone is the fact that the is said to be based on the life of Raja Raja Cholan as claimed by the groups.
Sunny Leone is apparently playing an important role in Veeramadevi. This has seemed to have irked the fringe outfits which claim that the historical character would lose its prominence if Leone stars in the flick. Interestingly, although other pro-Kannada outfits have not opposed the movie, Karave Yuva Sena has found an ally in the form of Sri Ram Sena.
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When Republic TV questioned Pramod Muthalik as to what's wrong in Sunny Leone playing a role in the movie, he said:
"Sunny Leone is not the right person to star in the movie. She may act in any other movie we don't oppose that but not this one. She's a sexy actor, she doesn't correspond to our culture and that's why we've taken this stand. We won't allow it to be screened in Karnataka".
Pramod Muthalik, Chief, Sri Ram Sena also said that Sunny Leone's career as a porn star is what makes them believe she shouldn't star in the movie.
"Even now when you type her name in the web you only get to see adult movies."
The state secretary of Karave Yuva Sena said, " We will jointly oppose Sunny Leone. Muthalik's support has given us more strength. A lot of other Hindu outfits and pro-Kannada groups too have supported me. We will not budge until our demand is met."
Meanwhile, Sunny Leone will be performing at a private event in Bengaluru on November 3rd. The organizers are said to be confident as they claim that all necessary permissions have been taken. Last year the organizer had to cancel a new year event in which the Bollywood star was expected to perform apparently because of permission related issues. Pro-Kannada groups had protested last year as well.
Many activists have condemned moral policing by fringe groups. This issue has also raised a question on artistic freedom in India. With just a few days left for the event, it will be interesting to note as to who will have the last laugh.