Sizzling and sensuous posters of veteran director Ram Gopal Varma’s upcoming Telugu film Savitri, albeit done in a bad taste, have evoked flak from various quarters. Child rights activists and women’s rights group have reacted sharply to the film’s posters which depict a 10-year old boy looking keenly at the hips/midriff of his teacher.
At a recent function, posters of Varma’s Savitri were released depicting a bespectacled 10-year old student staring with lust at his teacher’s hips and midriff. Another poster depicted the student looking through the window at the exposed legs of his saree-clad teacher. Posters of the film were pasted in many places in Hyderbad soon after the function and immediately evoked strong opposition from people.
Women’s rights activists and child rights activists have started protesting vehemently against the posters of the film which were torn off at many places. The activists alleged that such a film, especially in today’s context of growing sex-crimes by minors, would prove to be a very bad precedent. Ram Gopal Varma, has, however, defended himself saying that he had a right to make a film based entirely on his childhood experiences.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) has filed a suo motu case against Varma for the controversial posters. SCPCR opined that the poster involving a child is vulgar and is a violation of child rights.
It also held that violating child rights by involving children in any obscene or vulgar scenes or picturization is a crime under Section 292 sub-clauses (I) and (II) of the IPC and punishable with imprisonment of five years or more.