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Catholic anger over dancing priest in new Bollywood film
Protesters claim that film is disrespectful.
- September 25, 2012
A delegation of representatives of Catholic groups and a priest representing the Archdiocese of Bombay met and submitted a memorandum to Central Board of Film Certification chairperson Leela Samson on Saturday.
Copies of the memorandum highlighting the communityâs grievances have also been sent to Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and censor board CEO Pankaja Thakur, according to Judith Monteiro, secretary of the Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC).
âWe have registered our protest against the movie,â she said. âWe have demanded a special screening of the movie urgently and deletion of objectionable scenes based on a review by the Catholic community representatives.â
Catholic Secular Forum chief Joseph Dias pointed out that stereotyping of Christians has existed in films.
âThis time with the priest shown in such bad light, Bollywood has hit a new low,â he said. âWe call for the resignation of Leela Samson and the transfer of [Pankaja] Thakur.â
Father Rueben Tellis, representative of the Archdiocese of Bombay, also referred to an earlier movie, âKya Superkool Hai Humâ, which had offensive scenes of a Catholic priest and reiterated the communityâs demand for a permanent representative on the censor board to prevent such recurrences in the guise of âcinematic libertyâ.
The delegation included members of AoCC, CSF, Maharashtra Christian Youth Forum, Catholic Residents Organisation for Social Servicess (CROSS) and Father Tellis.
Demanding a special screening by Monday, Monteiro listed some of the scenes she deems objectionable. They include a Catholic priest (Asrani) dancing with a rosary around his neck and wearing a garland of lottery tickets with a church in the background, an actor (Shreyas Talpade) misusing the Holy Water Sprinkler and a priest with a bouquet of flowers with an âI Love Youâ message.
Full Story:Â Catholics upset at portrayal in new Bollywood film
Source: Gulf News