A R Rahman’s Objectionable “Hosanna” Song in Hindi Film “Ekk Deewana Tha”

Poster of the film with HOSANNA song

MUMBAI, (CSF news) — The Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (CSF), takes strong exception to an A R Rahman’s song “Hosanna” in the Hindi movie, “Ekk Deewana Tha” to be released on 17 February, 2012. It has taken up the issue with the authorities concerned to have the song withdrawn. The CSF will launch a public agitation if the same is not heeded. In a complaint to the music director, besides others concerned like Fox Star Studio, Sony Music and all those responsible for the same the CSF demands an apology for the same and urged the authorities to act, as it has hurt not only Christian, but also Jewish religious sentiments, Hosanna being a prayer for both communities.

According to Joseph Dias, The CSF general secretary, “We are not going into the lyrics or vulgar picturisation of the song, which is also objectionable. But, would like to point out that internationally Hosanna is a prayer in the Bible and used by both Jews and Christians, referring to God or Jesus Christ, with strong reverential and religious connotations. The CSF points out that in both these religions, Hosanna is used as follows:

“Hoshana” is a Hebrew word meaning please save or save now. In Jewish liturgy, the word is applied specifically to the Hoshana Service, a cycle of prayers from which a selection is sung each morning during Sukkot, the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles. The complete cycle is sung on the seventh day of the festival, which is called Hoshana Rabbah “Great Hosanna”.

“Hosanna” in Greek is the cry of praise or adoration of God, shouted in recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem – Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! It is used in the same way in Christian praise. Overall, it seems that “Hosanna” is a cry for salvation – God who saves; while at the same time is a declaration of praise of God and is used with great reverence to Him.

The CSF general Secretary adds “Hence, to use it in a movie where the boy, falls in love with a girl – who belongs to an orthodox Malayali Christian family where watching movies, partying or falling in love are completely taboo  – is mocking and ridiculing the faith of the person. This has hurt religious sentiments and insulted Christian and Jewish beliefs “.

Joseph Dias further questions angrily – “If you would not use Islamic, Hindu or prayers from any other religion in pop secular music, then why do you use Hosanna in a carnal love song of a movie. It trivialises a word that is sacred and uttered with respect by followers of both Christian and Jewish faiths and hence needs to be stopped immediately.

It may be recalled that The CSF and other community groups had only last month complained against those responsible for the movie poster “Who’s There – Kaun Hai Waha” and the director, producer and others concerned had to spend days in custody in Mumbai following police action.

Gautham Menon, the noted south Indian film director is responsible for the film “Ekk Deewana Tha”, which is produced by Reshma Ghatala, Venkat Somasundaram and Javed Akhtar being the lyricist.

Those involved with the Hosanna song, as part of the movie are lead actors – Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson; singers – Leon D’Souza, Suzanne D’Mello and Blaaze, with additional vocals by Vivek Agarwal, Dr. Narayan, V. V. Prasanna, Haricharan Sesh… Photon Kathaas Production and R.S. Infotainment, besides others are also involved and will be legally acted against.
Pls click the link to view a portion of the HOSANNA song clip
Joseph Dias, MA (Eco) +919769 55 56 57 csfpost@gmail.com www.thecsf.org
General Secretary, The Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (CSF)


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6 responses to “A R Rahman’s Objectionable “Hosanna” Song in Hindi Film “Ekk Deewana Tha”

  1. weak

    it s funny how many romantic song that Late R D Burman used word alah in so many romantic song.
    rememmber hosana can derive also Arabic Word “husana” that means beutiful or nice one.

    • asif

      That is different, the word allah is used as a matter of praise. but this is insulting. the word used to praise GOD is used in a love song…Ridiculous

      • Can Javedbhai or Rahmanbhai think of adding to their lyrics “la lala allah allah”? They will not… Why? Because… it is being sensitive to Islam and for the love of their lives… and the mortal fear of Muslim fury.

  2. Sachin Dasgupta

    Does the Catholic church have any official stand on the song Hosana from the movie Ek Tha Deewana.
    If indeed it is found that this song both in terms of its picturisation and lyrics are demeaning and offensive to the sentiments of Christians / Jews, I do hope the archdiocese takes up the stand at all relevant fora (Sate minority commission, Govt of West Bengal – both with the CMO & Minorities welfare). Given that all political parties as well as the ruling government are extremely sensitive to issues concerning the principal minority community, your efforts would ensure a similar response to this matter deeply concerning the state’s Christian populace
    Indeed an appropriate cause for the media arms of the Church to make an impactful presence both with all stakeholders as well as fellow citizens through the use of social media (Facebook) and mass media (through immediate press conferences, petitions to the Chief Minister and a plan for sustained campaigning to build governmental pressure).

  3. Roy Chowdhury

    Why not approach the Eastern India Motion Pictures Association / Multiplexes / Movie distributors association of eastern India to highlight the same and solicit support for a bar to screening of the offensive movie/ scene/ song?

  4. Here are lyrics of the HOSANNA song from the movie –

    Dil.. hote jo..
    Mere seene mein do
    Doosra dil bhi mein
    Tumhe deta todhne ko ..

    Ho..o.. Hossana.. Hosanna..oo
    Ho..o.. Hossana.. Hosanna..oo

    Dilkash thi woh shaam
    Pehle peher jabke tumse mili thi nazar
    Aisa chakkar aaya ke
    Ab yeh na jaanu ke
    Jaun toh jaun kidhaar ??
    Tu samne thi ek paal

    Agle he paal thi ojhal
    Abb kya bataaon main
    Kis haal mein hoon main ?
    Yaha waha bus apna
    Dil aur hosh dhunta hoon main

    Madhoshi deewangi
    Main aur teri bandagi
    Ab hai yehi zindagi

    Everybody wanna know I feel like a i like a
    I really want to be here with you ..
    Is that enough to say that ..
    We are made for each other,
    It’s love that is hosanna true ..
    Hosanna.. Be there when u callin’ I will be there
    Hosanna..Feeling like my whole life will changed..
    I never want to be the same..
    Its time we rearrange
    I take a step,
    You take a step and me calling out to you..
    Hello ..





    Udhati hui titalli(butterfly) ki rangeen parchayi
    Reh jaati hai phoolon mein
    Waise hi tum ik tasveer ke jaise
    Chahye ho inn aankhon mein
    Tum joh mera khwaab ho
    Dil kyun na betaab ho

    Kahoon toh kya kahoon
    Main kyun dewaana hoon
    Tumhare baare mein hi
    Har ghadi main sochta hoon kyun

    Ab din ho ya raat ho
    Dil chahe tum saath ho
    Bus haathon mein haath ho

    Dil.. hote jo..
    Mere seene mein do
    Doosra dil bhi mein
    Tumhe deta todhne ko ..

    Dil.. hote jo..
    Mere seene mein do
    Doosra dil bhi mein
    Tumhe deta todhne ko ..

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