Hairstylist Jawed Habib gets trolled for Hindu gods ad ahead of Durga Puja

Celebrity hair stylist Jawed Habib faced a huge social media backlash for a print ad in Kolkata that showed Durga and other Hindu gods and goddesses at leisure at one his salons. Responding to the trolling, Habib took to Twitter to apologise, saying he had no intention of hurting anyone's sentiments.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 6, 2017 6:17 pm
jawed habib, jawed habib trolled, jawed habib hindu god ad, jawed habib ad controversy, jawed habib durga puja ad controversy Jawed Habib’s ad showing gods and goddesses at his salon has irked the sentiments of many Hindus. (Source: Twitter)

Renowned hair stylist Jawed Habib, who owns a chain of hair salons across the country, found himself in hot waters when a pre-Durga Puja ad featuring the Hindu gods was released in Kolkata this week. The print ad showed gods and goddesses lounging around in a Jawed Habib salon, getting their hair fixed, applying make-up and counting money, with the tag line, “Gods too visit JH salon”.

The ad did not go down well with people, with many taking to Twitter and other social media platforms to express themselves. While some said that Habib should not have toyed with the sentiments of the people by portraying the deities in this fashion, others lashed out at him for disrespecting the Hindu religion; some even urged people to boycott Habib’s salons for the insensitive ad.

Though, amid the huge backlash, there were some dissenting voices who stood up for Habib, saying that they found nothing objectionable about the ad and that putting Durga and other deities in modern settings ahead of Durga Puja has been done before as well.

Check out some of the angry reactions here.



Responding the uproar that was generated on social media, Habib himself posted a series of tweets explaining the situation and even posted a video on Twitter apologising for the ad. He said that he had only one religion, which is that of the scissors, and that the ad was printed by a Kolkata franchise without his permission, and it should not have. He ended the video with an apology, clarifying that he had no intention of hurting anyone.


Here is the video of his apology.


Amid the negative comments that Habib’s ad garnered, there were few who pointed out that depicting gods in modern-day avatar and settings ahead of Durga Puja is not uncommon.



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      Sep 14, 2017 at 5:12 pm
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        Alok LAHAD
        Sep 8, 2017 at 3:36 am
        I have know Jawed since our University days for him hair styling is his family profession and to my knowledge his political and religious sentiments if at all are truly a personal matter. Earlier he was offering franchise for Individual saloons. In a policy shift as the business has grown he started making a Regional Franchise who had rights to appoint other franchisees in his region. Looks like that the ad was released by one of these Regional Franchisees. If Jawed says this was done without their knowledge he must be right because he is a simple man who has only one passion and that is hair styling. If he has apologised there is nothing left here. As a University mate and a friend I can personally vouch for him.
        1. kamal singh rawat
          Sep 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm
          Sir, ABSOLUTE NONSENSE. A client never releases his ad in classifieds also without seeing the copy. Will he release an Ad showing Mohammed paigamber as coming for a shave in his outlet. Did Hussein ever did a nude of paigamber ? ... Yes let's be SIKULAR but let's also accept V don't have the balls to accept to call a space a spade...Regards
        2. D
          Sep 7, 2017 at 10:19 am
          Day is not far when these katwaas will show India,, Pakstn part 2. These katwaas bhawdaas knows that there is no Unity in Hindus community . History also proves that.
          1. C
            Sep 7, 2017 at 9:54 am
            Many times we hear Bengalis are bitten by Muslim. Muslim take away Bengali place, now Muslims humiliating them by making jokes on God. Are Bengali coward people. Today's Bengali people spoiling names of Tagore, netaji Subhash Bose. Today's Bengali are coward people afraid of Muslims.
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