The Marathi movie Marathi Tigers has been in the news for quite some time now. There was an issue concerning the release of the film in Karnataka, particularly in Belagavi. HC had given an order stating that though there may be different views regarding the movie the court cannot decide on anything.
It all started when few people in Belagavi took some apparent derogatory content in the film, seriously. The trailers apparently defamed the Kannadigas. We learn that the movie looks from the angle of Maharashtra. In the meantime, the local authorities convened meetings with the Marathi and Kannada groups and didn’t allow any mishap to happen.
But the issue took a twist when Dr. Amol Kohle, the movie’s male lead, stated that the Government of Karnataka was stopping the movie from being released. Few Kannada organizations made it clear that they would halt the release of the movie if it shows the Kannadigas and Karnataka in poor light.
Shivasharanappa Patil, who is Karnataka Navanirmana Sene’s president, took the issue to court by filing a public interest litigation. The PIL was filed to ban the film completely. And this is when the court said that they cannot make a decision on the matter. However, the court said that it is for the Government to look after this issue. In the meantime, N Jayaram, the DC of Belagavi, was asked to watch the movie, by the local organizations.
It is to be noted that films showcasing the differences between Marathis and Kannadigas in Belagavi have already been made.