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A minister of state has called on the government to ban the upcoming Thank God movie, starring Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra. In a letter sent to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Vishvas Sarang claimed that the comedy film featured an inappropriate depiction of Hindu deities. Netizens have also called for a boycott of the film because it hurts religious feelings in the name of comedy. “It is evident from the trailer itself that #ThankGod is once again a mockery of #HinduDharm. This time #Bollywood has chosen Chitragupta. According to Hindu scriptures, he is the Lord of Karma who holds a record of a man’s good and bad deeds,” one twitter user wrote. Here’s a look at some recent movies that have sparked religious controversy.
Kali | Following the release of a poster of the documentary film Kaali, which showed the Hindu goddess smoking a cigarette, a police complaint was filed against director Leena Manimekalai. There were demands for the director’s arrest on Twitter for hurting religious feelings. (Picture: IMDb)
Khuda Hafiz 2 – Agni Pariksha | The makers of the film Khuda Haafiz 2 – Agni Pariksha have issued an apology to members of the Shia community after expressing concern over elements of the song Haq Hussain. The creators released a statement which read, “The song was created with the most pious intention of celebrating the glory of Imam Hussain and the intention was never to hurt religious feelings.” (Picture: IMDb)
Tanav | After Tandav’s release on Amazon Prime, there was a huge outcry against the creators for portraying Hindu gods as well as the Indian Prime Minister in a bad light. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had asked the Amazon team for an explanation. Later, the scenes hurting people’s feelings were removed. (Picture: IMDb)
Laxmi | The film starring Akshay Kumar was originally called Laxmmi Bomb, then renamed Laxmii following protests. The makers of the film reportedly received a legal opinion from Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an outfit based in Rajasthan, claiming that the name Laxmmi Bomb demeans the goddess. (Image: Shutterstock)
brahmastra | Social media erupted over a particular scene in the Brahmastra trailer, which showed Ranbir Kapoor wearing shoes while ringing a bell, which people assumed was inside a temple. Filmmaker Ayan Mukerji later clarified that Ranbir did not enter a temple, but a Durga Puja pandal. (Picture: Youtube)