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Kannada actor Sanjjanaa has clarified she was not nude in the leaked scene

Sanjjanaa has cleared the air about her nude appearance in the leaked video clip from the Kannada film Dandupalya 2. She was not nude, she says.

regional movies Updated: Jul 20, 2017 11:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sanjjanaa plays a victim of sexual abuse in the Kannada film Dandupalya 2.

Ever since the deleted nude scene from the new Kannada film Dandupalya 2 featuring actor Sanjjanaa got leaked online on Tuesday, the actor has been hounded with questions. She has now come forward and explained her side of the story.

For starters, Sanjjanaa admitted she shot the scene, but insisted she was never nude. Speaking to Times of India, the actor added that she had pictures to prove her point.

“Yes. I shot for it, but I was not nude. I have pictures that show my body parts covered up with a towel that were clicked in my caravan. What is eventually seen in the film is the result of computer colour grading, which was made to show the scene in that fashion. My character, Chandri, is a victim of sexual abuse in this scene, so this was meant to showcase that. I am appalled at how the scene has been circulated by people and has been shown repeatedly on media platforms. It shocks me that people want to share content like this among themselves.”

She added, “I knew I was shooting a bold scene and that it would be ‘sensational’ in terms of how the word is used in the industry. As actors, we are fully aware of what is being shot, but we have no control on how it is being picturized. I thought it would be shot aesthetically, but the way it has been picturized is downright vulgar. The fault is in the making. It might have been shot like that keeping the mass audience in mind.”

Sanjjanaa, like the rest of the team, is worried how the said video would be taken down. “The scene is not even in the film, so the question about who leaked it is obviously restricted to the core team. If it was uploaded through a computer, we could have tracked the source. This has gone viral on Whatsapp first, and that is making it difficult to track the source. I have a team working on removing all links and related content that has been appearing online,” says Sanjjanaa, adding, “My family is in a state of panic, but they are, of course, being supportive and standing by me.”

The director of the film, however, wasn’t willing to talk at all. “I’ve no comments on that. It is a deleted scene. We will talk once we make headway in the matter.”

Another report, in India.com, details how the said scene has been shot and produced. The report adds that Sanjjanna was actually wearing a strapless and backless bra and skin-tight nude-coloured shorts while filming the sequence. It was with the help of VFX that the rest (what we actually see) was achieved.

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First Published: Jul 20, 2017 11:27 IST