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Toilet graffiti in KAMINEY sparks controversy in Orissa


Bhubaneswar, Aug 24 (Odisha.in) Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor’s latest film ‘Kaminey’ has sparked outrage days after its release in Orissa for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the devotees of lord Jagannath-a god worshipped by millions across the globe.

Hundreds of people on Sunday staged protest and burnt posters of the movie at Puri- the adobe of the deity saying that the writing on the toilet wall shown in the movie was objectionable.

‘Apna Hath Jagannath’ was found written on the wall of a toilet and protestors alleged it has offended their culture and religious feelings.

They were aghast at the prominent display of a sentence written in Hindi mentioning Lord Jagannath, which they considered as slang and a “deliberate attempt to belittle Jagannath cult”, the state’s core culture.

“It is a serious matter. The scene attempted to paint god in poor light”, a servitor of Lord Jagannath temple told Odisha.in
Eminent citizens and members of a local religious body on Monday lodged a police complaint with the town police station accusing the film of showing disrespect to their religion and culture.

“A case has been registered under section 295A of IPC (hurting religious sentiments) against the promoters of the movie”, inspector-in-charge of Puri police station Sudhakar Sahu told Odisha.in.

Meanwhile, fearing backlash from the people, some theatres owners in the state have deleted the objectionable portion before screening. The movie was released all over the state on Friday.

The blockbuster has been directed by Vishal Bharadwaj and produced by UTV Motion Pictures Ltd.