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HJS objects to inviting Akshay Kumar to inaugurate IFFI in Goa

Posted on Oct 15, 09:34PM | UNI

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) today demanded to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar not to invite Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar to inaugurate the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) as he has denigrated Hindu God in the film 'Oh My God' and has hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

The HJS state convenor Dr Manoj V Solanki said they made this demand after Entertainment Society of Goa, the organisers of IFFI, declared that the Festival would be inaugurated at the hands of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar.

He said if IFFI is inaugurated by Akshay Kumar then it would be like rubbing salt into the wounds of Hindus in this secular state and demanded to ban the screening of the film 'Oh My God' in Goa.

A memorandum to this effect has been submitted by HJS to the Chief Minister, he said.

In the film 'Oh My God', a court case is filed against the God Himself and taking advantage of the arguments in defence in the court, various Hindu traditions have been criticised in an irresponsible manner. Akshay Kumar is shown as an incarnation of Lord Krishna attired in the western outfits, he said.

In order to convince people that there is no God, actor Paresh Raval's dialogue includes many sentences insulting Hindu deities, he said.

The screening of 'Oh My God' was brought to a halt in places like Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur among others in Punjab following a protest alleging that the film made derogatory references to Hindu gods.

The HJS has already complained about this film to the Censor Board, Dr Solaki added.