MUMBAI, (Joseph Dias) — The Catholic Resident Organisation for Social Services (CROSS), Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC), the Maharashtra Christian Youth Forum (MCYF) and other Christian community organizations filed FIRs against the sacrilegious scenes, in the movie. Joseph Dias of the (Catholic Secular Forum) CSF was the complainant on their behalf.
Briefly the scenes objected to were
1. A “priest” solemnizing the marriage of dog and a bitch, who are considered to be a reincarnation of the parents of a “Catholic” (?) played by Anupam Kher in the movie.
2. A godman claims to be saying he had a Last Supper with Jesus, who tells him that the Catholic character’s father in the movie would be reborn as a dog and meet the bitch soon.
3. At the reception of the wedding of the 2 dogs, they are seen to be in a sexual act & when a call is made to stop them, the “priest” is shown sprinkling Holy Water, accompanied by unprintable dialogues.
Early this morning at 1.36 am, the FIR came to be registered by Mumbai’s Bandra Police Station against the concerned persons for having hurt the religious sentiments under section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code, read with section 34 and subsequently later in the evening, another FIR at the Mahim Police Station was also lodged.
In a press release to the media, the representatives for the community made the following statements:
Lawrence D”souza, President, CROSS – It is sad that Ekta Kapoor has no respect for the Christian Religion. She could stoop so low for her entertainment that she cold crush our religious sentiments which is not pardonable”
Gordon Jacobs, President , AOCC – This is not the first time the film industry has mocked our religion. Please do not take us for granted, We have started standing up for our rights and will not hesitate to take criminal / legal action”.
Agnelo Fernandes, President, MCYF – We are surprised that Ekta Kapoor, who is known for her religious acts was not sensitive to the religious feelings of another community”
Joseph Dias, Gen Secretary, CSF – We are contemplating contempt proceedings against Ms. Leela Samson, Chairperson, Censor Board, for violation of the various High Court judgements and the Cinematography Act.
A delegation comprising members of the groups had approached the Censor Board & time was given for:
1) A public apology to be made.
2) Scenes to be deleted immediately 3) Dismissal of those from the Censor Board of all those responsible for issuance of the certificate.
The same was not heeded to. Hence, the need to file plaints for criminal action against the offenders.
Joseph Dias stated, “The CSF is now charting its future course of action on the Malayam movie, “Pithavum Puthranum Parisudhathmavum” (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to ensure the same is banned. The CSF did not believe in taking law into its hands, as other groups do and will resolve the issue legally with police action, approaching the Censor Board or petitioning the High Court, if necessary”.
Joseph Dias, Gen. Sec. The CSF, +91 9769 55 56 57