Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam sues Kannada director
22 Nov 2011
The AP branch of the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam has accused a Kannada film director of attempting to make a Telugu film Swami Sathyananda, defaming His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
Madan Patel directed and produced Sathyananda, a film in Kannada, based on the life of Paramahamsa Nithyananda, which according to Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, was derogatory. The director, along with the lead actor Ravi Chetan, were sued for a sum of Rs 3.5 crore.
Addressing mediapersons on Saturday, the AP chapter of the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam said it came to their notice the director was attempting to release the same film in Telugu with slight variations, calling the film Swami Sathyananda.
The City Civil Court, Bangalore had issued an order in September blocking the release and promotion of the Kannada film. The court had ruled that though a chargesheet was filed against Paramahamsa Nithyananda, the director had no right to defame him. This order also prohibited variation of the film in any form, the Dhyanapeetam said. Krishnakumar Bhagawathi, advocate of AP High Court said the director had not even attempted for an appeal in the court but was trying to dub the blocked film in Telugu.
Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s lawyer Mr Dhananjaya today warned Tollywood producers against making movies to defame his client.
“If any producer or director makes such a movie defaming the Swami, the action would be treated as the contempt of court and such persons would be liable for punishment. So, I warn the producers and directors here not produce and screen such movies,” he said. “We will take legal action against such people.”
He said he came to know that the same Kannada movie producer has been making a Telugu movie with the name Swami Satyananada in Telugu and asked him not to go ahead with the production of the same.
“Allegations against the Paramahamsa Nithyananda are not yet proved in any court of law and the making of movies based on his story would be liable for punishment for contempt of court,” said Mr Dhananjaya.