BANGALORE: Following Pooja Gandhi’s Abhinetri, the next film to be stalled is Bettanagere directed by Mohan Gowda. What is interesting about the case is that this time, the director’s close relative Lakshmamma has approached the High Court and sought a stay against the making of the film, claiming that it is based on the life of her two sons, Bettanagere Seena and Shankar. Bettanagere stars Sumanth Shailendra and Akshay. Vinod Kambli plays an important role in the film. Director Mohan plans to talk to the family members and settle the matter, and if all fails, to go by the court judgement. “The person who has filed a case is my father’s elder brother’s wife, whom I treat like my own mother. She has gone to all the TV channels to speak about the film, but I will not talk against her. I am meeting her sometime soon and hope to settle the matter,” he reveals.
Mohan Gowda, who worked as an assistant director for 15 years mostly with director S Narayan, wanted to be an independent filmmaker. And when he was on the lookout for a good script, a few of his friends and filmmakers suggested that he make a movie based on the life of his brother Seena. “There were eight people who had registered this title at the film chamber. Since I knew my brothers closely, they thought I would do justice to the film. I took my family’s consent before I started Bettanagere. But trouble brewed once they knew Vinod Kambli is in the film,” says the director, adding, “I was only trying to tell the story of my two brothers who took a wrong turn in life. If films had not helped me, even I would have gone the same way. I am not showing any negativity in Bettanagere. I have tried to capture their life and what took them down the wrong path through this film, which will also give a message to the people.”
Mohan now hopes that the matter will get settled within the family and not go to the court. “I will try my best to convince Lakshmamma, but if she doesn’t agree, then I have no option but to go to the court,” says Mohan. “Everyone has to bow to the judgement, but here, I also have to think of the investment made by the producer,” he says.