Loveratri Turned Loveyatri: When Will We Wake Up To Speak Up Against Accusations?

Salman Khan’s upcoming production, Loveratari has now become a victim of “hurt sentiments”. Salman Khan is a favorite child of controversy but also has an excellent reputation and therefore, he don’t want to mess with his home production, Loveyatri. This Bollywood new movie has been in the news lately for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus as the self-proclaimed saviors of the community again reportedly accused the movie of disrespecting Navratri, a festival celebrated by Hindus.

As per the honorary words of an international working president (Vishwa Hindu Parishad), Alok Kumar – “the screening of the then titled movie Loveratri (now Loveyatri) will be stopped,” – told the reporters. According to him, a title of a movie is potentially showing irreverence for Navratri. He further added that “The film is set against the backdrop of Navratri, a Hindu festival, and the name distorts its meaning.”

For those who are not aware of the festival

Navratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated for nine consecutive nights where the Goddess Durga and her other nine forms are worshipped.

What led to this change in the title of Loveyatri?

Earlier in September 2018, an advocate from Bihar complained to the then Loveratri makers for allegedly showing contempt for the famously celebrated Hindu festival – Navratri. According to his claims, the film’s title promoted vulgarity and disparaged the Goddess Durga. The court, however, found merit in the complaint which further led to the FIR being registered in the Meethanpur police station against the makers.

On the other hand, Salman Khan has mentioned on several occasions that Loveratri is a very beautiful title and by no means promotes any such things. But nothing worked in his favor. Ergo, he finally decided to go with the change in title from Loveratri to Loveyatri. By the amount of focus gained by the movie, it seems the right move by him, thus, removing the sword hanging over the movie release.

For  Indian audience, religion has always proved to be the bone of contention. The time when violent protests were being held all across the nation against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat proved to be baseless after the movie got released. All the claims by the protesters that the movie showed disrespect to the honour of revered Rajput queen, Rani Padmini, even without watching the film, were dismissed when the reality came after the release of the movie.

After many hurdles such as the vandalizing of the set, thrashing the director, death threats, torching of vehicles, Padmaavat saw limited release (many theater owners refused to screen the movie). Despite everything, the movie managed to earn over Rs 300 crore at the domestic box office.

What about hurting the Hindu sentiments?

Well, nothing came out except for a marvelous work and excellent acting by the lead actors of the movie. Padmaavat was a loud shout to the Rajput bravery that later the Shri Rajput Karni Sena took down its protest against and even declared that the film would make every Rajput feel pride.

It was not long ago when Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s award-winning film S Durga (titled Sexy Durga earlier) made the right-wing groups angry. This caused the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to drop the movie at the last minute unceremoniously. Why? Because of its alleged sentiment harming title. The movie makers had to go through a lot of struggle to get S Durga a U/A certificate, allowing its release to happen without any cuts.

Not just this the famous wink of Priya Prakash Varrier from the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi of Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love easily offended many. This led to a series of FIR being filed against Priya and her director Omar Lulu. Why, if you ask? For allegedly hurting the sentiments of Muslim.

The song was the recreation of a famous ‘mappila paattu’ that had a Muslim folk song genre, revolved around Khadeeja Beevi – Prophet’s first wife.

Nothing, to our surprise, happened!

The Supreme Court recently quashed all the FIRs and rectified that the song has already been in the public domain since 1978. The court also cleared that the video content or any act in it cannot be termed as blasphemous. Chief Justice Dipak Misra led a three-judge bench and added nothing was there in the wink that could be termed as offensive to the sentiments of the Muslim religion.

Creativity has always been a prey by the hands of authorities on the ground of alleged offenses. Ergo, like in the case of Loveyatri, things are voluntarily taken down to avoid the controversial elements. This not just kills the creative minds in the entertainment sector but also empowers the protestors to keep going with their tyranny in the name of hurt sentiments.

A change will never come if every Loveratri will turn into a Loveyatri.

Wake up because now is the time to speak up!