Hindu Janajagruti Samithi demanded ban on ‘Thank God’ movie

Debjit Mukherjee: Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh-starrer Thank God landed in trouble in UP after a complaint was filed against the cast and director Indra Kumar for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. The trailer of the film was released on September 9. As it appears in Thank God trailer, Lord Chitragupta, who calculates everyone’s sins and merits after death, and Lord Yama, who takes one’s soul after death, are portrayed in modern costumes. Hindu Janajagruti Samithi in Karnataka has now objected to the film’s trailer.

Hindu Janajagruti Samithi spokesperson Mohan Gowda said, “Actors were seen mocking Hindu gods in the trailer. We will never tolerate mockery of Chitragupta and Lord Yama of Hinduism in the name of freedom of expression. Was the censor board sleeping until this trailer was released?” The group has demanded that the Censor Board should not give a certificate to the film. They also expressed that the State and Central Home ministries should ban the film as it has hurt religious sentiments. They also warned that they would protest on the streets.

Hindu Janajagruti Samithi national spokesperson Ramesh Shinde said, “Aaj Bharat mein Bollywood hamesha Hindu dharm ke virudh kaam karte huye dikhai dete hain, chaahe PK jaise movie ho ya ab aane wali Thank God jaise movie ho. Har jagah par Hindu devtao ko hasya vinod ke roop mein dikhaya jaata hain. Hindu devta, Hindu dharm ya Hindu granth, unke baare mein hamesha hi khilwar kiya jaata hain. Kyu Hinduon ke dharm bhavnao ko aap aahat nahi maante hain ya usse, Hinduon ke dharm bhavna aahat hotey hain, ye kyun nahi maanta Bollywood? Isiliye Hindu Janajagruti Samithi is movie ka virodh karne wali hain.”

“The film has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus by mocking Hindu religious concepts and deities. Only a few scenes and dialogues of this movie have been revealed. There is no denying that the full movie has more objectionable dialogues than the live ones,” said Gowda.

Thank God is slated for release on October 25.