Apology after offence won’t do, Catholic groups tell AIB

The community is hurt by Bollywood’s repeated wrong, distasteful depiction of the community and its faith.

Written by Anjali Lukose | Mumbai | Published:February 12, 2015 1:16 am
A group also met also state’s Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde on Wednesday. A group also met also state’s Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde on Wednesday.

Despite an apology by the AIB team to the Archdiocese of Bombay and the Christian community, Christian groups on Wednesday met Bishop Agnelo Gracias and made it clear they intended to pursue the FIR filed against the AIB.

These groups have alleged that the AIB Knockout show, held on December 20 last year in Worli, insulted Jesus Christ and painted Catholic priests in a poor light.

“We are exercising our right to protest and complain about content we found objectionable to our faith. The altar is sacred for us,” said Judith Monteiro, member of the Association of Concerned Catholics. “We will pursue the FIR. We are following a non-violent form of protest, and saying sorry after every offensive thing will not do,” she added.

The Archdiocese’s own stand is that it will not pursue the matter, but will not stop these groups from seeking legal recourse.

“The Archdiocese will not pursue the case after accepting the apology, which we never demanded in the first place. After the event, the Bishop had simply expressed that though artistes are free to express themselves, certain elements were offensive. The Christian groups were upset with us for accepting the apology,” said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for the Archdiocese. He said the Bishop heard the groups on Wednesday and said they could exercise their right to pursue the matter. “But the Archdiocese wants no part in it,” he said.

The AIB Knockout’s live show and its recording on YouTube had social media abuzz with the “roast” of Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh with Karan Johar acting as “roastmaster” in front of a 4,000-strong crowd at a Worli stadium. The show was held for charity.

Community seeks its own member on Censor Board

Meanwhile, a delegation of Christian leaders met the state’s Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde to complain against Bollywood’s representation of the Catholic-Christian community and to ask for an Archdiocesan-appointed representative on the state’s Censor Board.

A Catholic priest blessing the nuptials of two dogs in Bollywood movie Kya Supercool Hain Hum, a Catholic priest having an affair with a woman in Sin and a priest shown dancing with a garland of money around his neck in Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal  as well as Hollywood movies involving worship of Satan were some of the movies the delegation cited as offensive.

“The community is hurt by Bollywood’s repeated wrong, distasteful depiction of the community and its faith. We do not wish to muzzle freedom of expression or interfere with creativity, but want to offer advice if we find a particular scene could be perceived as offensive. Instead of complaining each time and having protests, we want to pre-empt the situation,” Fr Barrett, who was part of the delegation, said.
anjali.lukose@expressindia.com

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    Ravee
    Feb 13, 2015 at 1:12 am
    Remember the courts judgement on pk, do not watch if you dont like it
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    Unni
    Feb 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm
    Let us have censor boards for not only movies but for print media and other visual media also on religious basis. (Conduct a survey on religious basis for deciding on the number of members etc.,). Similarly let us have boards set up on religious basis for everything. Pity the demands of the clergy.
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    Arun
    Feb 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm
    The rights and beliefs of Christians cannot be trampled upon by movie producers and others ociated with the industry. Christians are often portra as heavy drinkers with loose morals. This must be stopped forthwith.
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    Mathyderabadi
    Feb 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm
    What happend to your so called freedom of expresstion now.
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    cyril dara
    Feb 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm
    Good One
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    guestfromindia
    Feb 12, 2015 at 6:08 am
    The terrible portrayal of Hindus goes unchallenged. Learn from the Christian leaders. However, one must provide maximum artistic freedom. Without the fear of fatwas.
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    Yogesh Verma
    Feb 13, 2015 at 6:22 am
    AIB KNOCKOUT 1). Does freedom of expression means no moral values? 2). What legacy are we leaving behind for our coming generations? 3). What will be its social implication? 4). My child follows Ranbir as an idol. What if he watches this show? 5). So far, it was with beeps, now abusing openly. What is next? 6). What will be the difference between a bollywood star and a road side eve teaser? 7). Which religion teaches us to abuse? 8). Will it not promote the ongoing rate of rapes and ual abuses in the country? 9). What about the Indian heritage and culture? 10). What about the image of India world wide? 11). Today it is roast of Bollywood. Tomorrow it will be between employee and employer and then between a father and son. 12). We can watch Kapil Sharma’s comedy with family. Can we do the same here? 13). If you say that there are so many other contents available online. It is the choice of the viewer. Then, where comes the social and moral responsibility. Is this what we have to offer to the society. 14). Is it cool? Is it a new fashion statement? What is next, then? 14). Last, not the least, if they are not guilty. Why have they removed the link now?
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    Graham Walter
    Feb 12, 2015 at 9:01 pm
    Christians, hindoos, muslims are easily offended people. If there's more religions in India, add them to the list. Everybody is an expert in getting offended. Offended by the Internet, Ban the Internet.
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