Mumbai NGO moves court against CBFC,’Azaan’ crew over title

Azaan is holy work,very pious and sacred word for Muslim community.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published:October 10, 2011 10:02 pm

A city-based NGO has moved a local court against the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and crew of soon-to-be-released Bollywood flick ‘Azaan’ seeking directions to restrain use of the title contending that it is hurting to the religious sentiments of Muslims.

In the suit filed in the city civil and sessions court against the CBFC,producer and director of the movie,the complainant said he was shocked to see and hear that the sacred word ‘azaan’ is being used as a film title.

“The holy word (azaan) has been used in the film Azaan which is based on some terrorist story,and the movie has been categorised as an ‘A’ grade movie,” said Abdul Sayyed,an office-bearer of NGO Hind Foundation.

“Azaan is a holy work,a very pious and sacred word for Muslim community. It means an Islamic invitation for prayers. Thus the holy word can not be used by any person or organisation for their personal gain or for commercial purpose”,he said in the plaint filed through his lawyer Sushan Kunjuraman.

Sayyed contended that the producer and director of the upcoming flick have deliberately used the title ‘Azaan’ so as to gain cheap publicity to promote their “violent and vulgar” terrorist film. “It has hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslim community,” said Kunjuraman.

Sayyed expressed apprehensions saying the “deliberate mockery” committed (by the producer and the director) would cause breach of peace after the release of the movie on Friday.

The complainant also alleged that the CBFC has “neglected and failed” in discharging its duty by issuing the certificate despite “misuse” of the word.The plaintiff has sought removal of the word ‘Azaan’ from the movie. The case will come up for hearing tomorrow.

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