Saffron brigade object to Chaplin’s statue,say he’s a ‘Christian’

‘Hindu’ groups have objected to installation of a statue of the famous Hollywood comedian Chaplin Chaplin in Udupi district on the grounds that he was a Christian.

Written by Agencies | Udupi (karnataka) | Published:March 14, 2009 5:42 pm

A Kannada film director claimed his attempts to install a statue of legendary comedian Charlie Chaplin for the shoot of a movie have met with resistance from an unidentified Hindu group on the ground that the actor was a Christian.

The attempt to install the 67-foot statue at the Ottinene beach in Kundapur Taluk of Karnataka ran into rough weather as activists claiming to represent a Hindu group halted the work,Hemanth Hegde,director of Kannada Film “Houseful”,told reporters but refused to blame any outfit.

Udupi District Deputy Commissioner Hemalatha said that permission for film shooting has been given but the director has been asked to submit details of the land on which the statue is proposed to be erected and also for scrutiny of adherence to laws including Coastal Regulation Act Hemalatha said authorities cannot give permission to such ventures without verifying land records and the director had not purchased the land where he wanted to erect Chaplin’s statue.

Hegde said he planned to shoot two song sequences of his film using the statue,work on which was expected to be completed by April five.

This is the second time the project is facing problems,he claimed but refused to identify the group,adding ” I don’t want to name anyone that they belong to Bajrang Dal or any other organisation”.

Hegde claimed those opposed to the statue first said it would affect the Someshwara Temple but later argued ‘Chaplin is a Christian and his contribution to India is nil.’

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