Karan Johar’s latest film, Student Of The Year (SOTY), has hit rough weather. Radha, the song from the movie starring newbies Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt, has caught the ire of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), a right wing organisation. Members of the samiti held demonstrations in Goa’s capital Panaji on Sunday, demanding that thehindustan times, Censor Board ban the movie for derogatory references to Radha, the mythological character, who was Lord Krishna’s lover and childhood friend. The organisation claimed that calling Radha sexy as the song’s lyrics do, is an insult to the sentiments of Hindus.
Recently, a voluntary organisation in Indore too had moved a petition before a local court seeking action against Johar and singer Shreya Ghoshal, among others, for using objectionable words against Hindu deities in a song. “Names of Radha and Krishna are being misused to promote the song,” Shri Vision Social Empowerment and Welfare Association secretary Manish Vishnoi had said in a statement.
This comes soon after HJS objected to Akshay Kumar inaugurating the International Film Festival of India, as they thought his film Oh My God offended Hindus. Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardaar also came under the scanner after many moved the court claiming that the film mocks Sikhs.
While the makers of SOTY remained unavailable to comment on the latest case, the makers of the other films cleared their stand, saying they meant no offence.Trade expert Atul Mohan says, “Bollywood is a soft target. These organisations want mileage and so filmmakers should be careful.”
Other flicks that faced it:
*Recently, Catholic groups protested against the portrayal of the community in Kamaal Dhamaal Malamal and Kya Super Kool Hai Hum
*In 2008, a Punjabi organisation had objected to Saif’s Sardar look in Love Aaj Kal
*In 2008, a Hindu group filed a complaint against Slumdog Millionaire saying that it shows Lord Rama in bad light.