Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 3 Asked to Remove 'Offensive' Visuals
Dabangg 3 has been asked to remove some visuals by a religious fringe group but the Censor Board is unlikely to comply
Religious intolerance gets a new definition this week as a fundamentalist organization has asked the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) or Censor Board to remove visuals of Sadhus dressed as gods dancing with Salman Khan to the sound of Hud Hud Dabangg. Dabangg 3 will release at the end of December and it is the sequel to the hugely successful Dabangg series.
Says the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, a fundamentalist religious organization, “If the movie happens to be on the lines of what we have seen in the trailer, it is extremely shocking depiction of Hindu deities and saadhus and also goes at great lengths to humiliate and poke fun at the basic foundations of Sanatana Dharma.”
However, it is unlikely that the aforementioned visuals will be removed from the film. A source close to Dabangg 3 says, “The song and its visuals have been cleared by the censor board. There is nothing scandalous or improper about Sadhus dancing. They do so quite often in real life. This is one more example of niche religious organizations trying to gain publicity by fastening their fortunes to a huge franchise. There will be no compromise on this issue.”
Sources say director Prabhudheva who has also choreographed the song is trying to wrap his head around the controversy. “During the Ram Leela and Dussehra there’s a tradition of folks dressed up as the Gods singing and dancing. How is this wrong?” wonders a source close to Prabhudheva. So far neither the director nor the actors have issued a statement on the issue.
The CBFC is unlikely to entertain the demand of the fundamentalists. Whether it is just a publicity stunt to ride on the bandwagon of a successful film or a genuine request remains to be seen.