Sunday, March 15, 2009

Charlie Chaplin Statue Protest Prank - International, National Media fall for publicity stunt!


Times Of India's DELHI Edition Headline says "BJP Attacks Christian Chaplin" while BANGALORE Edition carries different headline.

Why the change in Delhi Edition Headline - why blame it on BJP when protest is from locals cutting across party lines and religion? Did TOI Delhi Editor want to please certain Italian Madam to show off their anti-BJP stand?

It is well known in Karnataka that Times Of India has been carrying a campaign against State BJP govt ever since govt started implementing court order to close pubs by 11:30PM. With liquor ads being main source of income, naturally Times Of India had to support their sponsors so has been carrying campaign against police, BJP Govt and its ministers for months now.

Below are some facts about this so called "Protest against Charlie Chaplin Statue" row



Almost reminiscent of PenPricks blog expose in Goa - where a group of bloggers fooled National International media about a "prize Nazi catch" story, so called protest against Charlie Chaplin statue in Udupi District, Karnataka has now become International news with gullible Associated Press Indian bureau picking it up without knowing that whole issue is a publicity stunt / prank played by an unheard of Kannada Cinema director!


1. "Director" Hemant Hegde never received permission from government to install a statue in an ecologically sensitive zone which comes under CRZ (Coastal Regulatory Zone)

2. Kannada filmworld has never heard about this so called director "Hemant Hegde" till now. He has acted in minor roles but is not known as a director.

3. Kannada film budget hardly goes above 1 or 2 Crore rupees and director is claiming he wants to spend 35 Lakh rupees (30% of the budget for a statue!?) out of that for a statue simply does not seem realistic. This inflated numbers make it clear that Hemant Hegde never had any intention of constructing a huge statue, but simply wanted publicity for his film. It has become common these days to drop "Guinness Book of World Records" for silliest ventures to get cheap publicity.

4. Locals (belonging to Hindu, Muslim, Christian) leaders did not protest because Chaplin is Christian. They just asked for proof of permission when Hemant Hegde barged in with dozens of workers and started digging ground right near a temple entrance. Temple has been around for hundreds of years and is visited by people of all religions.

5. It was Hemant Hegde who abused protesting locals and showed off his "contacts in media world". It has to be noted that Hemant's local fixer is one Janardhana Maravante, a journalist and known Kannada cine journalist Girish Rao Jogi is a close friend of Hegde - and we all know how things work and word spreads when journalists are involved in a "story"

6. With no permit in hand and locals objecting to his illegal act of constructing a statue in govt land, Hemant Hegde plotted a scheme to pressurize State Govt. "Let us blame it on Hindutva!!". Piggybacking on nationwide witch hunt of "communal","radicals","Hindu talibanis" living in Coastal Karnataka, Hemant Hegde and his journalist friends concocted a story about "Hindus opposing Christian Chaplin"

As we all know to get free publicity now is very simple when you blame Hindutva for every acts.

And hey presto, this has become International News now. Hemant Hegde and his journalist friends are getting their 15 minutes of fame for a movie which has no screenplay, no actors signed up but has already received free publicity at International level!


  1. U look ssoo.. experienced in blogging, I just can't believe u r a student... where r u from? do u work in Bangalore? if so for which media organization?

  2. good one buddy.I am from Byndoor. My grandmother's house is just half a kilometre away from the someshwara temple and I have visited the someshwara temple many times.

    It is a temple built by the cholas and is atleast more than 1000 years old. it is a temple of great significance to the people in Byndoor especially during major festivals people in thousands come to the temple early in the morning. Such being the religious significance of the temple an unknown outsider barges into a small village like byndoor and with the help of the media (which is behaving more like goondas these days) wants to build a chaplin statue in front of the temple(near the temple well).

    The audacity exhibited by the filmmaker and his media goonda friends in times of india is shocking. He wants to go against the sentiments of the locals and the pseudo secular media, which has pub going ,loose charactered people as reporters are jumping in joy and labelling the locals as cultural police!!!.

    These fools think that with a degree in journalism they know everything and they start dictating terms.

  3. SHREE (ಶ್ರೀ) madam, ನಾನು ತಮ್ಮಷ್ಟು ದೊಡ್ಡವನಲ್ಲಾ ಮೇಡಂ, ಏನೋ ಒಂದು ಬರೆಯುವ ಯತ್ನ. ಇನ್ನೂ ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷ ಇದೆ ಪಿ.ಜಿ.ಮುಗಿಯಲು. ಕಸ್ತೂರಿಯಲ್ಲೇನಾದರೂ ಚಾನ್ಸ್ ಉಂಟೋ?

  4. Rakesh,

    This article is very informative. Thanks.
    I have a request. Can you refrain from using Kannada for sometime in your blog?
    The issue is that your blog, like so many others, have to reach out to the masses. Instead of expecting people all over India to learn Kannada(which is impractical) and all over the world to understand the script(which is impossible),

    The need of the hour is that sane Indian voices have to be heard. If that means speaking English all the time, let it be.

    I understand your love for Kannada. Perhaps a parallel blog purely in Kannada may help - instead of this mixture. Human psycology is that most people will not read anything at all if they feel a part of it is incomprehensible.

    Hope you understand.
    - A well wisher.

  5. Good analysis..A blogger community can play a pivotal role in exposing media "goondaism". They seem to have an agenda to disrepute Hindus, in general. Shame on them..

  6. Rakesh, Since u r a student and yet to get a job , U should practice bucketing for these 'big' people like Jogi and others. Dnt go behind truths. ok.

  7. Good job Rakesh......
    But the truth wont reach to all the people when toi is against it......
    there shud b some ways to control d media.......

  8. Do The TIMES OF INDIA is working for some other Party or do they do Journalism....

  9. It seems to be a case of "Give a dog a bad name and hang him !"
    Read this.

  10. They used to call it Times of IndiRa and now perhaps Times of SORAHU!

  11. very good information, should bring into the notice of all. Hope The information can change Times of Indira to its original norms

  12. Really good one. People are doing lot of circus to become famous and 'Hemanth Hegde' is one of them. Media people are exaguarating the issue without knowing the exact reason. so it is good thing to analyze the issue rather simply agreeing.