Visakhapatnam: A day after the title row was settled between Ram Gopal Varma and Neelima Tirumalasetti, Monday morning saw a group of activists burning an effigy of the filmmaker at the busy Jagadamba junction in Vizag.
They shouted slogans, demanding the arrest of the director for the poster of his upcoming film Savitri / Sridevi. All India Democratic Women’s Association, which conducted the rally, has also demanded that the movie not be released in the state and that the film’s posters, online and on billboards, be removed immediately.
B. Padmavati, state president of All India Democratic Women’s Association says, “Two days back Ram Gopal Varma put up posters of his upcoming film Savitri on the Internet. They show a boy of around seven years staring at the navel of his teacher. What is RGV trying to prove with these vulgar posters?”
“When a kid should be concentrating on studies and his career, how can he use the boy in the movie? And showing the woman in such an abusive manner puts all women in bad light,” she says, adding, “RGV also came up with an online contest asking people to share their stories if they had ever fallen for their teachers. If this continues, women teachers will lose their respect in society.”
“All said and done, we are demanding that RGV be arrested for showing women in bad light. We also want to appeal to the film industry that it bans the director from making movies.”