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Chaplin fan lists alternative sites

india Updated: Mar 17, 2009 00:08 IST
BR Srikanth
BR Srikanth
Hindustan Times
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Kannada film actor-director Hemant Hegde is determined to have a statue of his idol Charlie Chaplin installed on the west coast of Karnataka.

On Tuesday, he will meet chief secretary Sudhakar Rao to seek permission for erecting the statue either at Om Beach, near Karwar, 520 km northwest of the state capital, or at Devbagh, 550 km northwest of Bangalore. Both places are on the coast in the Uttara Kannada district.

“This time, I hope the government will give me an approval in a week. Being an artiste and director, I cannot run around for three months to get permission (that's his grouse against authorities in Udupi, where he sought approval for building a 60-ft statue at Paduvari village, 150 km from Mangalore). That will upset our shooting schedule,” he told HT on Monday.

Hegde failed to get permission to have Chaplin's statue built in Paduvari village because locals did not want a Christian's statue near the entry to their temple. Chaplin was never known to have been a believer in religion, but that is another matter. Hegde said he planned to have the statue along the coast as it would form the backdrop for a song in the last segment of his film, House Full.

Some fans of Charlie Chaplin called him to offer private land for the statue but the actor-director is not sure if the offers are for real.

On Thursday, he plans to organise a protest in Bangalore by representatives of the Kannda film industry against the manner in which he was forced to leave Paduvari on Friday.