Bollywood film ‘Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal’ draws Christian groups ire

A still form KDM film

MUMBAI, (Joe Dias) — The CSF Delegation to Present Memo to I & B Minister
The Bollywood Priyadarshan’s movie ‘Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal‘ (KDM) follows Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Kya Super Kool Hai Hum’ against which the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) and other community groups had filed FIRs in various Mumbai police stations. In the latest film, besides the CSF, the Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC), Maharashtra Christian Youth Forum, CROSS, etc and Fr. Reuben Tellis deputed by the Catholic Church met with the Censor Board CEO, Ms. Pankaja Thakur but were unsatisfied with the response. The community groups have therefore decided to represent their case before Ms. Ambika Soni, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister on Monday.

According to Joseph Dias, the CSF general secretary, as per the promos of ‘Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal’, Catholics find the following scenes objectionable and have called for their deletion:
* The trailor and songs of the film shows a Catholic priest with a rosary (religious beads) around his neck dancing. Elsewhere a youth is shown with a Holy Water sprinkler in hand.
* The priest is also shown dancing with a pop group to a song in a party and 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 with 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, which is never the case.

A KDM film scene: priest and boy with holy water sprinkler

The CSF and the groups will decide how to protest against the film and the future course of action after feedback from I & B Ministry.
“Going by what we have seen, the Catholic priest is shown in bad light and seems to be ridiculed, as no priest is as depicted in the film”, said Fr. Reuben Tellis, Catholic Church representative.
“We call for the resignation of the Chairperson and CEO of the Censor Board, as they are repeatedly responsible for such wrongful portrayal of the clergy and Christian community.” said AOCC Secretary, Judith Monteiro.
“We propose to demonstrate at the theaters that screen the film on the first day”, said MCYF president Agnelo Fernandes.
“We will take up the issue of hurting religious sentiments and file criminal complaints” said CROSS President Lawrence D’Souza.
For more info, contact: Joseph Dias +91 9769555657


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