Producer-actor Dwarakeesh’s plans to make a film on the legendary actor Vishnuvardhana with the same title has run into rough weather into the late actor’s wife Bharathi Vishnuvardhana taking objection to it.
Besides, the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce (KFCC) has not approved the film title.
KFCC President Basanth Kumar Patil said: “How can Dwarakeesh announce a movie without getting the title approved by the KFCC Title Committee. I have sent a notice to Dwarakeesh not to launch the movie without seeking our approval.”
As per KFCC rules, a movie project can be announced only after the Title Committee clears the title. “There is another rule that clearly states that film titles in the name of actors and actresses cannot be granted,” Patil added.
Bharathi Vishnuvardhana contended that Dwarakeesh planned to encash on Vishnuvardhana’s name for commercial motives. She has asked Dwarakeesh to alter the name to Raja Vishnuvardhana.
When contacted, Dwarakeesh said: “Unnecessary controversy is being created. The film title is Vishnuvardhana whereas the actor’s name is Sampth Kumar Vishnuvardhana. Come what may, I will make a film on the title Vishnuvardhana. Dare anybody stop me?”
Dwarakeesh and Vishnuvardhana were close friends who did many films together some of them which were blockbusters. Their friendship, however, was not stable. The two fell apart after they joined hands for Aaptha Mithra.