Religious body seeks legal action against film ‘making fun of Mahabharata’

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Akshat Verma says the film is just his own interpretation. 

Delhi Belly’ director Akshat Verma who gave a given a spin to the epic, Mahabharata in his short film ‘Mama’s Boys’ online has been criticized by a powerful religious organization in India,

The Hindu Sena has filed an FIR against the filmmaker for making fun of characters from Mahabharat and charged that the film offends religious sentiments of Hindus. The film that stars actors like Neena Gupta, Aditi Rao Hydari, Arunoday Singh and the late Razak Khan among others has been in the news for its ‘offensive content’.

The director said that he doesn’t count it as an adult film and that it is just his interpretation to what must have gone on in the minds of all the characters. He further added that it has other motivations and politics that might have been possible.

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Meanwhile, the Hindu Sena has in their complaint written, “Akshat Verma and the team of Mama’s Boy have deliberately and maliciously acted intending to outrage religious feelings of Hindus by insulting its religion and religious beliefs by making fun of its religious book. The content of the film may also be made objectionable under article 19(2) of Constitution of India.

Reacting to the controversy surrounding the film, an actor of the film Arunoday Singh said “People need to have a sense of cosmopolitan and be a little more open to these things. The film is a comedy and not meant as disrespect anyone. And it doesn’t show situation that does not exist in our mythology and in our culture. I don’t understand when we became or allowed puritanical elements to be vocal that you don’t speak back”.

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While Arunoday believes democracy needs a dissenting voice too, the actor feels it is important to be more open in accepting different ideas.

“I think the future requires us to be a little more cosmopolitan and little more open with our ideas in our mind. There are those who will agree and those who will not agree. I am definitely not sad that I did the film. I enjoyed it. It was very funny. There will always be people who have issues with things and these people must also be free to voice their opinions too. Nobody is saying don’t say anything. Say whatever you want,” Singh added. – CINEWS

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