‘Azaan’ title offensive, says SP

October 09, 2011 01:14 am | Updated 01:14 am IST - Mumbai:

The Samajwadi Party is planning to move the Bombay High Court for a stay on the release of the Hindi film Azaan .

Azaan is a very pious word for Muslims. It means a call for prayer. But the movie has received an A certificate from the censor board. It has violence and vulgarity. Naming such a movie after a pious word hurts the feelings of Muslims, Farooq Ghosi, Mumbai vice-president of the SP, told The Hindu here on Saturday.

He demanded that the name be changed. “We approached the Nirmal Nagar station asking the police to take action against the director, the producer, the hero and the heroine under Section 295A (deliberate, malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) of the IPC. The police have made a diary entry and said they will transfer the case to the special branch,” Mr. Ghosi said.

But the Nirmal Nagar police denied that any such complaint was submitted to them.

The film is slated for release on October 14.

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