Valmiki Title Lands Up In Trouble

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Valmiki Title Lands Up In Trouble

Harish Shankar, the director of Duvvada Jagannadham, is back in action with his new movie, Valmiki.  The movie, starring Varun Tej and Atharvaa in the lead, is an official remake of the 2014 Tamil drama Jigarthanda.

Varun Tej plays the role of a local don who is transformed later, with the help of Atharvaa.

Hence, director Harish Shankar titled his movie Valmiki, referring to the mythological sage Valmiki, who was a hunter first and then transformed into the sage who wrote the Ramayana.

Now, the Valmiki clan is a backward category in India, who belong to the Scheduled Tribes (STs.)  The community engaged in various cities and towns just lodged a complaint, objecting against the title Valmiki for a gangster type genre movie.

The Valmiki Reservation Porata Samithi lodged a complaint with the Gorantla Circle Inspector, urging to persuade Team Valmiki to relinquish the title of the ancestral man and change it immediately.

Director Harish Shankar took to his Twitter account and posted a message, which conveyed he is game to fight with the association tooth and nail.

His message read, “Valmiki poojinchina Ramudu Kooda Dharmam Kosam fighting chesadu…. anyways we will respect and consider the concerns of #Valmiki Community (sic,)” which translates to “Even Lord Rama, who was worshipped by Valmiki fought for Dharma. We too, will do it.”

Time will tell how Team Valmiki will cope up with this sensitive issue!

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