It is a never-ending battle between late Sandalwood actor Vishnuvardhan fans and his family over the location of a memorial to the actor.
Speaking to reporters in Duddagere village in Mysuru taluk during the shooting of the film ‘Raja Simha’, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, said that her late husband’s memorial should be in Mysuru.
“The memorial should be set up in Mysuru as the place was dear to him. Even the state government has agreed to grant land for the memorial. His fans must join hands with us to make it happen. For over 79 months we have struggled to no effect, but I am not pained that we struggle without support,” said Bharathi. She asserted that the memorial will not come up in Bengaluru’s Abhiman studio.
Vishnuvardhan’s family and the fans of the legendary actor have been in a tussle over the location of his memorial. The Vishnu Sena Samithi, a fan group, have been demanding that it should be set up in Bengaluru’s Abhiman studio on Uttarahalli-Kengeri road.
Anirudh, Vishnuvardhan’s son-in-law, who is acting in Raja Simha, which traces Vishnuvardhan’s life, said, “We have been insulted at Abhiman studio. On the question of the memorial, Bharathi’s stand is our stand. The memorial should come up in Mysuru. We have been constantly struggling for this and have been hampered at every step.”
He added that the government had even set up trust in Vishnuvardhan’s name and granted Rs 11 crore towards the memorial. “That money is not going into anyone’s pockets. The fencing of his samadhi has been destroyed which is an insult to Vishnuvardhan and not to us. He never stood for tolerated insults. If not Mysuru, the memorial will not come up anywhere else,” he asserted.