Akshat Verma’s recently released short film Mama’s Boys has landed in hot waters after Hindu Sena raised an objection to certain scenes in the film which they feel offends religious sentiments of Hindus. An FIR has reportedly been registered for apparently making fun of characters from Mahabharat.
Reacting to the controversy surrounding the film, one of the lead actors of the film Arunoday Singh shared his strong views on the subject with us.
Talking exclusively to Indian Express.com, Arunoday said, “People need to have a sense of cosmopolitan and be a little more open to these things. The film is a comedy and not meant as disrespect to anyone. And it doesn’t show situation that does not exist in our mythology and in our culture. I don’t understand when we became or allowed puritanical elements to be vocal that you don’t speak back. If there was anything extremely offensive then everybody would agree. It’s a question of balance and allowing people to have a say. And they are mythological figures. They are not Gods. But people are convinced that they need to do these things and scream and shout when others do nothing. I find it a little disturbing and it is not a trend that we want to set in such a wonderfully multi cultural ethnic and diverse country.”
While Arunoday believes democracy needs a dissenting voice too, the actor feels it is important to be more open in accepting different ideas. “I think the future requires us to be a little more cosmopolitan and little more open with our ideas in our mind. There are those who will agree and those who will not agree. I am definitely not sad that I did the film. I enjoyed it. It was very funny. There will always be people who have issues with things and these people must also be free to voice their opinions. Nobody is saying don’t say anything. Say whatever you want.”
Reacting on the filing of an FIR by the Hindu Sena, Arunoday said, “Filing an FIR is an American equivalent of suing somebody. If you slip and fall in a restaurant, you sue them. If the court takes it seriously, it is for the judiciary and if they don’t take it seriously democracy is well and alive.”
Meanwhile, the Hindu Sena has in their complaint written, “Akshat Verma and the team of Mama’s Boy have deliberately and maliciously acted intending to outrage religious feelings of Hindus by insulting its religion and religious beliefs by making fun of its religious book. The content of the film may also be made objectionable under article 19(2) of Constitution of India.