Movies: Why films with Christian references are treated differently? No more says The CSF

January 31, 2013 by  
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As you are aware, The CSF along with community groups have been taking up issues of misrepresentation and objectionable portrayal of Christians and Christianity in the media, especially films. In most cases we have had success, Praise God – due to your support. However, in the light of 3 films being objected to by some Muslim groups, we remember the singular case of the ‘Hosannah’ song where we could not fight the money power of the film-makers and even worse some of our own politicians and sections of the clergy – shamelessly said there was nothing wrong, who did not do their bit or remained silent. Let’s not repeat it again.

We have learnt from our mistakes and urge you to in future please do join The CSF in whatever way best you can to prevent such blasphemy. Please find below brief info on the 3 films, being objected to.

Blessings & Respect.

Your brother in Christ,

Joseph Dias

Nambiar removes ‘Ya Hussain’ song from ‘David’

Poster of David movieMumbai, January 29, 2013: Director Bejoy Nambiar has decided to remove Lucky Ali’s song “Ya Hussain” from his new film “David” after some groups objected to it. However, he has retained the tune in the movie.

A section of the Muslim community had urged Nambiar to remove the song as they felt it does not befit their definition of propriety. The song accompanied a sequence in the film, which showed a Moharram procession.

“The song ‘Ya Hussain’ has now been deleted from my film. Only the music has been kept,” said Nambiar.

“They (Muslim groups) objected to the song. But they were kind enough to accept my invitation to discuss the matter. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided that it would be better if I didn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments. So I’ve decided to remove the song,” he added.

Nambiar invited the members of the community to view the song sequence, following which the director took the decision to remove the song. “If one doesn’t extend a hand of friendship, they would just go on protesting. It is better to sort it out through discussion rather than risk protests that could harm the release of the film,” he said.

The director admits feeling frustrated at the moral censorship of cinema in the country. “Sadly this is the state of the nation that we are living in. Personally, I am anguished at being restricted at even the idea level. When I was writing ‘David’ I had no intention of offending anyone. Then why am I am being put through this,” he said.

Nambiar says there was no time to put up a fight. “I know I could fight it out. But I can’t delay my film’s release. If ‘David’ was a star-studded film I could take that risk. But I can’t afford to lose my release window. The smartest thing I could do was find a compromise,” he said.

“So before the protests could get out of hand I invited the disgruntled section to see the portion of my film where the song ‘Ya Hussain’ occurs. Then we had a long discussion. And we decided to remove the vocals,” he added.

He reveals that the artists involved with the song were under stress.

“Lucky Ali was being hounded with messages. He being Muslim offending his own community was something that I couldn’t deal with. Lucky requested I do something about the situation. Neil was also being hounded. I didn’t want my artists to suffer for my creativity,” said Nambiar. The film featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vikram and Vinay Virmani, releases Feb 1.

– ians

JUH objects to use of verses from Quran on Race2 posters

Race 2New Delhi, January 29, 2013: Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind has objected to the Race 2 film poster that carries verses from holy Quran. In a letter to the Prime Minister of India and Ministry of Broadcasting, Maulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary of JUH demanded immediate action to stop publication and display of such “sacrilegious” posters.

“It has been brought to our notice that that Race 2 film posters displayed in many places at Kolkata, carry Quranic verses that has caused great anger to Muslim community. It appears that certain anti- social elements have taken upon themselves to disturb communal harmony and peace by inciting the religious passion and in this context it becomes all the more duty of the law and order authorities to curb such publications as a preventive measure,” Maulana Madani wrote in the letter.

He added that some sections in the world of cinema and book publications, despite being aware of the sensitivities, deliberately target sentiments of a particular community for cheap publication. Abdul Hameed Noumani, press secretary said that it is not just this movie, but we see a trend of portraying Islam and Muslims in bad light. Some vested interest appears to be instigating Muslims all the time, and if you protest, you are accused of being conservative and narrow minded, he added.

– tcn

Petition against screening of ‘Vishwaroopam’ in Andhra Pradesh

Poster of VishwaroopamTamil Nadu, January 29, 2013:  Hyderabad-based businessman Mohammed Haji has filed a petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court in support of the ban on screening Kamal Haasan’s thriller “Vishwaroopam” in the state.

“The film has scenes that are offensive and objectionable to Muslim community. It is directly hurting the sentiments of our community,” Haji said in his petition.

Haji has requested the state government to submit his petition to the country’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The Rs.95-crore espionage thriller was originally scheduled to release in Tamil and Telugu on Jan 25, but a day before the screenings, the Tamil Nadu government imposed a two-week ban on the film after some Muslim groups complained that some scenes in the film portrayed the community in a bad light.

Despite the ban, “Vishwaroopam” released in places like Kerala, a few parts of Hyderabad and Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on Jan 25, but soon after the first show, the screening was banned in these states too. Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court deferred the verdict on the ban of the film to Jan 28, and is likely to give its ruling.

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who has written, produced and directed the movie, was requested to settle the matter amicably with the state government of Tamil Nadu on Jan 28. This was after a judge saw the movie in a private screening on Jan 26.

Kamal, 58, described the ban as “cultural terrorism” and added that “any neutral and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was designed for that purpose.” Following the ban in Tamil Nadu, actors such as superstar Rajinikanth, Ajith Kumar, Parthepan and filmmaker Bharathiraja along with producer Mukta Srinivasan opposed the measure, and urged members from Muslim organisations to allow peaceful release of the film.

“Vishwaroopam” features Kamal in the title role. Other members of the cast include Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur and Jaideep Ahlawat. Its Hindi version “Vishwaroop” is slated to release Feb 1.

–  ians

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