While promoting her upcoming movie, Vivegam, the 25-year-old filled in the reporter on her religion conversion. Kamal Hassan’s younger daughter, moved by its teachings and principles, adopted Buddhism.
Actress Jacqueline Fernandez irked the Sikh community after she was spotted wearing a mini dress with a kirpan tied around her waist, in the teaser of the song, ‘Sau tarah Ke’ in Rohit Dhawan’s upcoming film, Dishoom. The complainant, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, general secretary of the Gurudwara Management Committee, wrote a letter to Pahlaj Nihlani, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), instructing him to remove the song from the movie, and also demanded an apology from the cast and the director of the film. A number of Indian actors have been accused of misrepresenting or hurting religious sentiments, and have been charged under section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (outraging religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief) for their actions in various films.
Two recent films, Buddha in a Traffic Jam (May 13, 2016) and Santa Banta Pvt Ltd (April 22, 2016) have been in the news for the controversies they have been making. While the former - an autobiographical story which reportedly takes on issues such as campus politics, corruption, moral policing and crony capitalism - has led to clashes between ABVP, the pro-Left and students of the Jadhavpur University, where its screening was cancelled, the latter, a comedy drama, has run into problems with members of the Sikh community. In an industry that is rife with controversies, these are just two of the many films that have either been banned, or have run into trouble over their political, sexual, ideological or religious content.
Albina Ildarova is the first woman from the Republic of Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim region, to compete for the title of Miss Russia.