The recent release of the film 'Annapoorni' on Netflix has ignited a storm of controversy, specifically within the Hindu community, over its alleged disrespect towards Lord Shri Ram and its portrayal of sensitive religious themes. Accusations of religious insensitivity and offense have led to a fervent response from a Hindu extremist group in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, resulting in legal action against the film's creators.
#AntiHinduNetflix released flim Annapurni which is totally manipulated towards a specific Agenda -— Keshav Bansal (@keshavbansal165) January 10, 2024
1. Girl from Bramin Faimly wishes to becomes chef and offer namaz before cooking biryani.
2. Love Jihad is promoted
3. Farhan(actor) says Shri Ram was meat eater. pic.twitter.com/kmtWdgy7n4
The Hindu Seva Parishad, represented by Atul Jeswani, has spearheaded the opposition against 'Annapoorni,' citing numerous scenes within the film that purportedly dishonor the revered figure of Lord Shri Ram in Hinduism. Jeswani has pointed out instances where disrespectful comments about Lord Shri Ram are made, claiming that these have deeply distressed members of the Hindu community. Moreover, the group alleges that the film promotes the contentious concept of 'love jihad' and presents Lord Rama in a controversial light by depicting him as someone who consumed meat during his exile.
The filing of a First Information Report (FIR) by the Hindu Seva Parishad at the Omtee police station in Jabalpur has intensified the situation. This legal action targets several key figures involved in the film's creation, including the director Nilesh Krishna, lead actor Nayan Tara, producer Jatin Sethi, and others, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, citing the portrayal of the film as anti-Hindu.
Annapoorni' Faces Backlash for Alleged Anti-Hindu Portrayals
The contentious scenes highlighted in the FIR draw attention to various sequences in the movie that have provoked outrage among certain segments of the Hindu community:
- The closing scene of the film depicts the priest's daughter, a Hindu, wearing a hijab while praying in a temple and later preparing biryani.
- Allegations have been made that the film portrays instances where characters manipulate the actress into consuming meat by misleadingly referencing Lord Shri Ram and Mother Sita's dietary choices.
- Scenes depict the actress attending a Ramadan iftar instead of visiting the temple, engaging in meat consumption while her family members perform Hindu religious rituals.
- The film portrays the father, a temple priest, offering prayers and simultaneously cooking chicken for his daughter, which has been deemed offensive.
- The plot follows a Hindu priest's daughter falling in love with a Muslim boy, showcasing efforts to sway her religious beliefs.
The allegations further suggest that the film not only portrays controversial elements but also misrepresents revered religious scriptures, such as the Ramayana and Puranas, leading to a distortion of facts associated with Hindu deities.