Since a rowdy character wearing the Ayyappa Mala has been shown as a murderer, the devotees alleged that it was against the rigorous deeksha of Lord Ayyappa.

Ayyappa devotees file complaint against Ram Gopal Verma for VangaveetiImage credit:Facebook/SS Rajamouli
news Controversy Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 09:16

Ram Gopal Varma’s new film Vangaveeti seems to have mired itself in another controversy. Ayyappa devotees from Hyderabad have now filed a complaint against him at Kushaiguda in the city, alleging defamation.

Ayyappa devotees S Kiran Kumar, V Ashok and V Vijay reportedly lodged a complaint against RGV for showing Ayyappa devotees as assassins in the film.

Since a rowdy character wearing the Ayyappa Mala has been shown as a murderer, the devotees alleged that it was against the rigorous deeksha of Lord Ayyappa. However, the case is yet to be booked.

“It’s a non-cognizable offence. We have started an inquiry,” Kushaiguda police inspector N. Venkat Ramana told Deccan Chronicle.

Telugu film ‘Vangaveeti’ had been facing criticism since Friday when the movie released, with protests erupting in Vijayawada against the movie. The Radha Ranga Mitra Mandali, followers of Vangaveeti Radha Krishna, had previously warned tough consequences if the film goes against their sentiments.

On Friday, they protested and raised slogans at Y Screens multiplex located in Pundit Nehru Bus Station against RGV, demanding the withdrawal of the title of the movie and alleging that it does not reflect facts.

Chandana Suresh, a close aide of Vangaveeti Radha Krishna, told Deccan Chronicle that "the movie is filled with half-truths and does not depict the character of Mohana Ranga. Projecting Ranga as a rowdy ignoring all the good work he has done is objectionable, and we object to the way the character of Ratnakumari (his wife) is shown in the film.”

He also mentioned that they will approach the court, while many accused the movie to be a publicity stunt by the director.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of Ranga's 28th death anniversary event at VM Ranga Circle near Raghavaiah Park in Vijayawada, Radha Krishna, son of Vangaveeti Mohana Rangan came down hard on RGV’s film on the former Congress leader.

He was quoted in Times of India saying, “Vangaveeti is a brand. Because of some film, the value attached to the brand will not come down. He (RGV) has massively disappointed Vangaveeti's followers. The persons who killed my father are roaming around freely. Is he blind to this?”

 

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