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Christian body wants apology over ‘mischievous’ movie poster

Alarmed by an advertisement in some newspapers,the Catholic Secular Forum has said it plans to stall the release of a horror film this month unless it is satisfied it shows the Church and the religion without distortions.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
November 14, 2011 3:03:24 am

Alarmed by an advertisement in some newspapers,the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) has said it plans to stall the release of a horror film this month unless it is satisfied it shows the Church and the religion without distortions.

The group has taken objection to an advertisement of Who’s There? — an Ejaz Ahmed production — that shows Jesus Christ on the cross and a man sticking a knife into him. The film’s release is scheduled for November 18. “Such an advertisement is mischievous. Nobody shows Allah or Krishna being stabbed like this,” said CSF general secretary Joseph Dias.

The advertisement was published with a caption saying ‘This time evil will win,’ which mocks the Christian faith,the CSF said,adding no religious figure must be used to sell a film or draw audiences for commercial profit.

“In fact it’s surprising that the advertisement appeared without any Censor Board certificate of ‘U’ or ‘A’ and that is itself a cognisable and non-bailable offense,” Dias added.

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The CSF has filed a complaint with the Vakola police and the Central Board of Film Certification regarding the advertisement and is planning to meet the Censor Board on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

The group is demanding a special screening of the film before its release to ensure it does not misrepresent Christianity in any way and will take legal recourse if the advertisement is not withdrawn and apology is not issued for the same.

“We tried getting in touch with the producers,but none of them are taking our calls,” Dias said.

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