- 27 Sep 2012
- Hindustan Times (Mumbai)
Prayer and protest
SATISH BATE/HT Catholic groups protest against the portrayal of their community in Bollywood movies on Wednesday. They held a procession from St Peter’s church to the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and Film Makers Combine (FMC) office in Bandra.
MUMBAI, – The Delegation of Catholic Associations presented Memoranda to IMPPA, CBFC, FMC, etc. against the movies “Kamaal Dhamaal Malamal” and “Kya Super Kool Hai Hum, ” along with a Joint Press Statement – 26th September, 2012, St. Peter’s Church, Bandra (W), Mumbai.
Catholic groups protested the portrayal in bad light of the clergy and community in movies, with specific reference to “Kamaal Dhamaal Malamal” and “Kya Super Kool Hai Hum”, following close on the heels of other such film, Who’s There…
Starting out from St. Peter’s Church in suburban Bandra, the groups – Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC), Catholic Secular Forum (CSF), Maharashtra Christian Youth Forum (MCYF), Catholic Residents Organization for Social Services (CROSS) & Catholics for Preservation of Faith (CPF) – took a procession to Indian Motion Picture Producers (IMPPA) and Film Makers Combine (FMC) office. The memorandum to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) followed the callous attitude of all concerned towards the Christian community, which did not resort to violence to achieve its end.
The groups demanded that the objectionable scenes be deleted in “Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal”, where a priest is depicted dancing, with Catholic imagery and the community portrayed as drunkards and of easy virtue. They also demanded that a representative appointed by the Archdiocese of Mumbai be nominated on the CBFC to vet movies concerning the community. They pointed out that allowing “Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal” without clearance from the community, amounted to adding insult to injury, as the film mocks and ridicules the faith. The groups have therefore decided to file FIRs against all concerned for hurting their religious sentiments.
A delegation had earlier met Ms. Pankaja Thakur, CEO of the CBFC, along with Fr. Reuben Tellis, the Catholic Church representative, but were disappointed by the response and the protest today demanded her (Pankaja) resignation, along with that of Ms. Leela Samson, the CBFC chairperson. The delegation has taken up the matter with Ms. Ambika Soni, the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting and are awaiting a response from the Minister before deciding on their future course of action.
The groups have also called for the closure of the Mumbai office of the CBFC, as it had been reduced to a lobby of the film industry, not sensitive to sentiments of the community, under the guise of freedom of expression. All complaints are not attended to properly and objectionable scenes are allowed to pass, as cinematic license and as per complainants are directed to complain to the ministry in Delhi or go to Court, which is something complainants can ill-afford.
Representatives of the IMPPA and FMC, president Shri Sangram (09869444919) and general secretary Shri Dharam Mehra (09820138883) accepted the memorandum assuring the community groups of self-restraint and a communication to this effect, especially asking the film fraternity to abstain from hurting religious sentiments.
The gathering in a befitting Christian manner held placards with meaningful messages, offering prayers and singing hymns along the way.
Some of the objectionable scenes noticed in trailors and promos of “Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal” were:
* A Catholic priest shown with a rosary (religious beads) around his neck dancing.
* The priest is also shown dancing with a pop group to a song in a party. Elsewhere a live person lying in a coffin with the Cross next to him.
* Another scene shows the Catholic priest with a garland of lotteries around his neck dancing with the church in the background.
* A scene shows the Catholic priest with a bouquet of flowers which states – I love you: Aapki Bul Bul, which is unrealistic.
* Notorious characters with garlands of currency notes are shown in the background of a church
The Objectionable scenes in KSKHH that the delegation sought deletion for satellite airing are that of:
* A Catholic priest solemnizing the marriage of a dog and a bitch.
* At the wedding reception of the 2 dogs, where in the dogs are shown to be in a sexual act, a priest is shown sprinkling Holy Water, while reciting a prayer.
For further details contact:
* Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) Joseph Dias 09769555657
* Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC) Judith Monteiro 09323691562
* Catholic Residents Organization for Social Services (CROSS) 09323231341
* Maharashtra Christian Youth Forum (MCYF) Agnelo Fernandes 09820111787
* Catholics for Preservation of Faith (CPF) Adv. Archie Sodder 09869078497