Upcoming action film Azaan has courted controversy prior to its October 14 release. Samajwadi Party (SP), which is seeking an FIR against the director, producer and lead actors of the movie, alleged on Monday that the title of the film is a deliberate attempt to hurt the sentiments of Muslims.
In a written complaint to a police station in Mumbai, the party’s city vice president Farooq Ghoshi stated, “An FIR should be registered against the director Prashant Chadha, producer M R Shahjahan, actors Sachin Joshi and Candice Boucher under the IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).”
“Azaan is Islamic invitation to prayers. It is a sacred word, which should not have been used for film’s title that has been categorised as ‘A’ grade cinema by Censor Board and the film’s story talks of terrorism. This is hurting the sentiments of Muslim community,” Ghoshi added.
P S Bagade, senior inspector at the station said, “We are seeking a legal opinion to ascertain whether an FIR could be registered against them or not.” Recently, social organisations Raza Academy and Anjuman Barkaat-e-Raza’s members also protested against the film’s title.