New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The clamour to ban Ekta Kapoor’s film “Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum” just got stronger, with a Congress parliamentarian Friday demanding a ban on the movie for offending the sensitivities of the Christian community in Goa.
Goa’s lone Rajya Sabha MP, Shantaram Naik of the Congress, Friday reiterated the demand for a ban on the film, which shows a Christian priest, played by actor Chunky Pandey solemnising the wedding of a dog with a bitch.
“A scene shows a priest sprinkling holy water when a bitch and a dog engage in sexual act. Actor Anupam Kher in the film says Mother Mary said that his dead mother was reincarnated as a bitch. There are many other dialogues which can hurt sentiments of the Christian community,” Naik said in the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour.
“These scenes have hurt the religious sentiments of the Christian community which holds a priest in high esteem. A priest is not only bestowed with serious religious duties but is supposed to be guide and philosopher to many members of the community,” the MP further said.
On Thursday, the Congress formally demanded a ban on the comedy film and the arrest of Ekta Kapoor on similar ground.
Congress legislator Reginaldo Lourenco said the Goa government should ban the film in the same manner it banned the controversial film “Da Vinci Code”, for offending religious sentiments.
Congress wants ‘Kya Super Kool Hain Hum’ banned in Goa
The Congress party in Goa is demanding a ban on the screening of the film ‘ ‘Kya Super Kool Hain Hum’ because they feel it insults Christians.
The Congress in Goa on Thursday demanded a ban on the Ekta Kapoor produced film ‘Kya Super Kool Hain Hum’, saying the film offended the sensibilities of the Christian community.
Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson and legislator Reginaldo Lourenco said that a first information report (FIR) would be filed against Kapoor in Panaji Friday.
“We are demanding a ban on the screening of the film because it insults Christians. The FIR will be filed tomorrow,” Lourenco said.
A scene in the film, which stars Tusshar Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh, shows another actor, Chunky Pandey (playing the role of a priest), solemnise the wedding of a dog and a bitch.
Lourenco raised the issue of a possible ban on the film or censoring the controversial scenes in it during the recently-concluded monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, however, said that the Central Board of Film Certification, the statutory censorship and classification body, functioned under the aegis of the central and not the state government and hence not much could be done by the Goa government.
“This is not under the jurisdiction of the state government because censor board jurisdiction lies with the central government. No religious group should be offended in the film. If you give me a complaint in writing, I will take it up with the board,” Parrikar said.
Lourenco said that the Goa government had succeeded in banning “The Da Vinci Code”, following protests by Christian groups several years back and that the same could be done with Kya Super Kool Hain Hum.
“Parrikar is making excuses. This is a film which offends the sensitivities of the Christian community,” Lourenco said.
Christians constitute 26 percent of the Goa’s 1.4 million population.