Sunny Leone's bad blood with Karnataka is not going to end any time soon. The actress is once again facing protests from fringe Hindu groups in the state. Last time, the actress had to face these protests in Karnataka, it was for a show that she was supposed to perform at. This time, it is for a movie. The protesting political faction, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, have objections to Sunny Leone playing the lead in the upcoming period film, Veeramadevi. Sunny Leone Plays Her Dream Role in Tamil Period Drama ‘Veeramadevi’.
Karnataka Rakshana Vedike has been staging protests in Bengaluru today stating that the actress should not be the lead in the film, as per a report in ANI. They are protesting using posters of Sunny Leone in the movie and also putting garlands of slippers on them. Check out the pictures of the protests that ANI had posted through their Twitter handle below -
Karnataka: Members of pro-Kannada organisation, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, protest in Bengaluru against actor Sunny Leone being cast in an upcoming Tamil film Veeramahadevi. pic.twitter.com/2f476oT3j8
— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2018
Last week, the group had torn down posters of the film. When asked the reason for their dissent, Harish Kumar, president of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, told Deccan Herald, "The producer is showing disrespect to a historical figure by featuring a porn star in the lead role. This is against our culture. How can the producer cast a pornstar for the role of an Indian queen who has historical value? We will not let this happen. This is also a disrespect to the dynasty which built several Hindu temples in Karnataka and it is our duty to ensure that their image is not damaged. If the movie is not banned we will not allow Sunny to enter Bengaluru."
Talking more about Veeramadevi, this is the first starring role for Sunny Leone in South. Directed by VC Vadivudaiyan, the movie is reportedly made on a budget of Rs 100 crore.