After its release, the Kannada film ‘Head Bush’, based on the Bangalore underworld story, has fueled controversy for “hurting feelings” of part of the audience. Head Bush is based on Dadagiriya Dinagalu, a memoir of former underworld don Agni Sreedhar.
What is HeadBush controversy?
Head Bush is based on author Agni Sridhar’s book “Dadagiriya Dinagalu” (Days of Dadagiri), a story about the underworld scene of Bangalore in the 1970s and 1980s. Although it is marketed as an underworld subject, Head Bush is also an intriguing political thriller.
Social media has been abuzz with accusations and outrage over the use of the devotional folk dance of ‘Veeragase’. Several social media users argued that the film’s portrayal of Veeragase has insulted the popular art form and demanded that the scene be removed from the film.
Karaga Utsava Samithi chairman Satish said dialogue in the film was derogatory about Karaga and Shivashankar, who was a priest at the Sri Dharmarayaswamy Temple, which hosts the festival.
Karaga Utsava Samithi representatives said they would file a complaint with the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce over the representation of Karaga Utsava, a famous annual festival held in Bangalore. There have also been demands to cut some scenes and re-release the film.
Meanwhile, lead actor Daali Dhananjaya refuted the claims in a Twitter post. “I myself am a devotee of Veerabhadraswamy and have made sure that there is no element of insult to Veeragase. I ask the naysayers to please watch the movie and thoroughly review it,” he wrote. Additionally, he shared a link to an interview detailing his “explanation of it.”
Speaking at a press meeting, Dhananjaya said: “I feel sad for the people who are creating such controversies. This is very common when a movie is going well. If you dissect and watch the movie, you can see the “real Veeragase artists” walking away and people posing as artists coming up to attack me. So, I look at their shoes, I realize that they are not artists, and only then do I attack them. We’ve done a lot of research on it.”
“This (controversy) is not new to me. During Allama’s release, there was also some controversy. I am very happy that the industry is by my side. Those things are common when the movie is going well. I want to ask those people who create controversy, ‘what have you all done to support these artists?’” Dhananjaya questioned.
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