First Time I've Lost as A Person of Hindu Society - Harish Shankar

First Time I've Lost as A Person of Hindu Society - Harish Shankar

"I expected that the reference of a great sage's name in the title will add more value to the movie, and also brings good name to the sage as well. But unfortunately, we're in a position where we can't dare, and we are changing the title to Gaddalakonda Ganesh" said Harish Shankar, in a press meet late on Thursday night.

"My father who never watches movies called me heartily to praise me for picking up the word Valmiki as a title. But as a person belonging to the Hindu society, today for the first time I've been a loser" says an emotional Harish Shankar, who stated that creating disturbances for a film is not good for everyone. He felt sad for the communities of Boya and Valmiki, for not understanding their movie team.

"If we don't change the film's title, or if the film doesn't release in those two districts, there is no direct loss to my producers, my hero or me. We all got our remuneration, producers got profits through business. But if we don't change the title, those people from those two districts who have bought the film will lose big time. So we've decided to change the tile" articulates Harish, adding, "Cinema is above everyone's ego".

Harish also gave a knockout punch albeit with lots of humbleness. "Dear Boya and Valmiki community people, go watch the film, and if at any point you feel that the title Valmiki is the apt one for the film, I'll feel happy".