Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal: Catholics upset at their portrayal

:50pm IST IANS

Mumbai: Catholics have threatened to stop the screening of a forthcoming Hindi movie directed by Priyadarshan, ‘Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal’ if certain scenes making a disresptful portrayal of the community and its priests are not deleted, an official said here Sunday.

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 Saturday.

Copies of the memorandum highlighting the community’s grievances have also been sent to Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and censor board CEO Pankaja Thakur, according to Judith Monteiro, secretary of Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC).

Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal: Catholics upset at their portrayal

“We have registered our protest against the movie. We have demanded a special screening of the movie urgently and deletion of objectionable scenes based on a review by the Catholic community representatives,” Monteiro said.

Catholic Secular Forum chief Joseph Dias pointed out that stereotyping of Christians has existed in films.

“This time with the priest shown in such bad light, Bollywood has hit a new low. We call for the resignation of Leela Samson and transfer of (Pankaja) Thakur,” an angry Dias said.

Father Rueben Tellis, representative of the Archdiocese of Bombay, also referred to an earlier movie, ‘Kya Superkool Hai Hum’ which had offensive scenes of a Catholic priest and reiterated the community’s demand for a permanent representative on the censor board to prevent such recurrences in the guise of ‘cinematic liberty’.

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 out some of the objectionable scenes which have hurt the community’s sentiments.

These 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 and indiscriminately using the Holy Water Sprinkler, a priest with a bouquet of flowers with an ‘I Love You’ message, a notorious character with garlands of currency notes shown with the church in the background, among others.


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3 Responses to Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal: Catholics upset at their portrayal

  1. fergus misquitta says:

    It has been going on for ages in Bollywood. Christian men are always depicted as drunks staggering near the village cross and the woman with big breasts, a cross dangling in her cleavage and she seductively gyrating her pelvis. Ballroom dancing is called “BALL DANCING” in our dear sad ignorant country. LIVE WITH IT !!! What have the so called protectors of the faith done about it so far?? Nothing; Letters and memorandums– absolute rot; so I suggest we just shut up and let it continue to happen. After all Christianity was not founded to be disturbed by such silly issues. Perhaps we Christians are to blame, as we have given the impression that we are a free, fun loving, morally loose lot. Freedom of expression seems to be in fashion these days !!!!! Mother Teresa was even called HELL’S ANGEL so what ???

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