PK is a 2014 India comedy romance by Rajkumar Hirani. Starring Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma and Sanjay Dutt.
A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by
his initials, P.K.'s innocent questions and childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting-go.
Hindu campaigners have been attacking PK, a recently released Indian film. Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu
Parishad disrupted the screening of the film at several locations demanding that supposedly objectionable scenes insulting Hindu deities and rituals be censored from the film.
In Ahmedabad, protests went violent as over 50 Bajrang Dal
activists stormed and vandalised two theaters, Shiv and City Gold Multiplex. Though the miscreants fled before the police arrived, sources said the activists have been identified through CCTV footage.
Religious campaigners burned posters outside
Milan cinema in Surendranagar, where the film was being screened, and forced a shutdown of the movie hall for the day. In Rajkot, saffron activists hit the streets against the film.
In Bhopal, sangh parivar activists raised slogans against Aamir
Khan and jostled with cops outside Jyoti Talkies in Bhopal. Bajrang Dal and VHP have given a 24-hour ultimatum to the film's producers for removing anti-Hindu scenes. VHP-Bajrang Dal spokesman for central India Devendra Rawat said:
It has become a habit with Bollywood to hurt the sentiments of Hindus. They insult our gods and show our spiritual gurus as villains. Why don't they make a film based on Imam Bukhari and his anti-national statements?
In Delhi, police said they had stepped up security around several theatres after violent protests at Rivoli cinema in Connaught Place on Sunday when religious campaigners had smashed the theatre's window panes.
All India Muslim Personal Law
Board (AIMPLB) member Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali has demanded that the Censor Board remove objectionable scenes so that communal harmony is not disturbed. He said:
If a film has material that hurts religious
sentiments, especially when it has a Muslim actor playing a Hindu, it has the propensity to be misread.
The PK issue has also revealed that chief censor Leela Samson seems to be edged out of her job. She explained:
The ministry has not taken up the issue with me or other officials of CBFC. However, they have often chosen to bypass me and speak to officials appointed by them indicating their 'concern' about a particular film, she adds.
Samson minces no words while criticising the government, alleging that the former I&B minister Prakash Javadekar never kept his promise of allowing the board to appoint for its panels professionals who are well informed about
sensitive issues. Panel members who view the films have a heavy dose of party people amongst them.
Meanwhile in Pakistan, a Hindu group named Hindu Kranti Dal had filed a complaint against PK before police commissioner of Jalandhar Yurinder
Singh Hayer. Police watched PK with leaders and activists of Hindu Kranti Dal and ordered removed of scenes against which the Hindu outfit raised objections.
Hindu Kranti Dal leader Manoj Nanna said that makers of PK have disgraced Hindu god Shiv.
He said that HKD want police action against PK director Raj Kumar Hirani and actor Aamir Khan.
MSG: The Messenger of God is a 2015 India action comedy drama by Jeetu Arora and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan. Starring Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, Daniel Kaleb and Fllora Saini.
Guru Ji is a social reformer who works to help people fight against social evils.
Various Sikh organisations are 'outraged' about Gurmeet Ram Rahim's debut movie MSG: Messenger of God, and are seeking a ban.
The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) said that it will soon move the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a ban on the film. AISSF president Karnail Singh Peermohammad said even the film's teaser is controversial as it shows the dera
chief challenging people (Sikhs) with his dialogue Jo hamse takrayega (who will try to confront me). He said:
We have demanded a complete ban on the screening of the film and have requested the censor board,
Punjab government and the Akal Takht to take immediate steps to get the film banned across the world. We are also moving a case in the court seeking a ban on the controversial film.
We have even objected to the title of the film.
God's envoy cannot be a criminal. He is facing rape and murder allegations.
India Sikhs are attempting to unilaterally impose a new Sikh film censor board on Indian films to force them to portray the religion and its followers in a positive light.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will constitute a Sikh
Censor Board to clear movies and books touching on the Sikh religion, history and culture. The board will ensure that films, books and entertainment provide positive propaganda for the religion. SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar said,
The proposed board is aimed to ensure that the movies made in the future are in accordance with the Sikh 'rehat maryada' (code of conduct). The board will have 11 members, including Sikh intellectuals, historians and experts from
various fields, film experts and lawyers.
The SGPC was asked to constitute a censor board. Any movie or book related to Sikh history and
culture has to be examined to avoid any controversies in the future.
However the unilateral imposition of religious censorship may not have any legal basis whatsoever.
Central Board of Film Classification (CBFC) member Chander
Mukhi questioned the legal sanctity behind the proposed censor board by SGPC. He said:
What legal status do they have? Under which law will they enact this board? CBFC is enacted by the Parliament. Any other
organisation will come up tomorrow and try to set its own censor board. We have different panels to watch the movies before they are released. The members are different every time. Any objectionable part in the film is cut down.
Makkar admitted that the board would have no legal sanctity:
Filmmakers who don't seek approval from the board would be responsible if there is any controversy. There have been instances in the past when films had to face strong protests.
A New Zealand bar manager has been detained in Burma for using a commonplace image of the Buddha wearing headphones in a promotion. Police claimed the promotion was an insult to the Buddhist religion.
General manager Philip Blackwood, owner Tun
Thurein and manager Htut Ko Ko Lwin were detained for police questioning and the bar was shuttered after a complaint by an official from Myanmar's Religious Department.
The Facebook posting for the newly opened V Gastro bar , a tapas
restaurant and nightclub in a Yangon embassy area, showed a psychedelic mock-up of the Buddha wearing DJ headphones to trail a cheap drinks night this Sunday, AFP reported.
The bar deleted the post and wrote an apology on its Facebook page: Our
intention was never to cause offence to anyone or toward any religious group. Our ignorance is embarrassing.
Indian TV presenter and model Gauahar Khan was left audibly traumatised after a member of the audience at a TV competition she was presenting at got up and slapped her for wearing revealing clothes.
Akil Malik took 'offence' at Khan's cutaway outfit
as she presented the grand finale of singing competition Raw Star at Film City in Mumbai. He then got up out of his seat to threaten and assault her live on air. He explained: Being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress.
New Zealand's Warehouse group of stores won't sell any 18 rated games and DVDs in future, saying it wants to promote family values.
Chief executive Mark Powell says the decision was made to remove such games and DVDs from its 92 Warehouse and 77 Noel
Leeming stores after controversy surrounding the recently released Grand Theft Auto V . He claimed it was driven by feedback from customers and the community, and its guiding principles, which include making New Zealand a better place to live. He
This feedback has formed part of what has been an ongoing internal review, to ensure that the products we range reflect our brand values of family, children, and community,
director of the moralist campaign group, Family First, spewed:
It is completely unrealistic to believe that young people will not be influenced in their attitudes and behaviours by constant exposure to this type of
gaming and DVD material.
So-called 'entertainment' and freedom of expression should never be at the expense of the safety of our community, appropriate emotional and moral development of our children, and promoting acceptable
attitudes towards women, violence and law enforcement.
A nude calendar advertising coffins has offended the Polish catholic church.
This calendar shoot of topless models caressing coffins is set to become a global hit - despite church whinges.
Polish casket company Lindner devised a unique way to
brighten up their gloomy creations by draping them with sexy nude women. A spokesman for the company Bartek Lindner said:
Every edition is different and when we have too many women, female customers complain. But when
we have too many men, male customers complain. So here we have men and women in one calendar as a compromise.
The photos were taken in the tourist city of Krakow, in southern Poland, The firm's owner Zbigniew Lindner said:
My son had the idea of creating the company's calendar so that we could show something half-serious, colourful, beautiful; the beauty of Polish girls and the beauty of our coffins. So much work goes into our coffins that
are only seen for a few moments at the funeral.
We wanted to show that a coffin shouldn't be a sacred object - it's furniture, it's the last bed you'll ever sleep in. It isn't a religious symbol. It's a product.
The Catholic church in Poland has labelled the campaign inappropriate. A church spokesman has said that human death should be treated with solemnity and not mixed up with sex.
A newspaper columnist condemning Islamic State and the Taliban triggered demonstrations in several Afghan cities on Friday, with protesters denouncing the article as blasphemous and calling on the government to punish the publication.
In Kabul, a
crowd of approximately 500 people, including clerics and several members of parliament, gathered in front of the Eid Gah Mosque, the city's second largest house of worship. Religious leader Fazl Hadi Wazin said:
government must stop the people who insulted the prophet, the Qur'an and Islam, and prevent them from leaving the country
In an opinion piece published last week in the English-language daily the Afghanistan Express, a journalist
named AJ Ahwar admonished Muslims for remaining silent in the face of Islamic State and the Taliban. He also criticised Islam for not accepting other religions and minorities such as homosexuals and Hazaras, a Shia minority in Afghanistan.
article ended by concluding that human beings are more important than God, which seemed to particularly incense protesters.
US death metal band Cannibal Corpse has wound up religious activists ahead of concerts in Russia.
A group called God's Will has had a knock at Cannibal Corpse with leader Dmitry Tsorionov (Enteo) whingeing:
We send mass requests to the prosecutor, the description of what is happening at the concerts of the group, the texts of their songs, which are described in detail in the rape and murder of children.
The Orthodox Union
also seeks to ban Cannibal Corpse from playing in Russia. Chairman Roman Pluta wailed:
We seek to ban concerts Cannibal Corpse in Russia. Their work is fully covered by the composition of the crime under the
articles of the Criminal Code, for fueling religious hatred, promoting exclusivity, superiority or inferiority of citizens on the basis of their religion.
Cannibal Corpse will be in Russia for a total of eight shows from Oct.
Artists have caused a little 'outrage' by creating a Barbie in the image of the Hindu Goddess Kali.
The two Argentinian artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini have have gotten noticed after previewing pieces from their upcoming exhibition The
Plastic Religion , which features Barbie and Ken dolls altered to resemble religious figures such as Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
Rajan Zed, a perennial Hindu whinger and has said:
The Barbie-fication of Kali
is simply improper, wrong and out of place, reports The Hindu .
Hindus welcome the art world to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols for personal
Although the artists clearly intended to provoke outrage at their pieces, they commented that they drew the line at creating a Ken version of the Muslim religious character Muhammed.
Free speech denier Zed commented
that Hindus strongly believe in free speech ...BUT... claimed that faith is something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees .
This week, Egypt's first X Factor -style belly-dancing show titled al-Raqisa (The Dancer) was scrapped after just one episode, following demands from the country's religious authorities.
Egypt's Dar el-Ifta, a wing of the justice
ministry that issues non-binding religious edicts, claimed al-Raqisa would destroy the moral structure of the country. Shortly after, producers of the show, hosted by Egypt's pre-eminent belly-dancing star, Dina, gave way to the pressure and cancelled
Egypt's government has waged a year-long crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and seeks to stamp out religious extremism. But in reality officials have no wish to upset religious 'sensibilities' in a country where Islam is deeply
entwined with public life.
Members of the dancing community nevertheless say that things are still slightly better than they were under the Brotherhood. Randa Kamel, a well-known Egyptian dancer, says that before the Brotherhood's fall, she was
dancing just twice a week, as the economic crisis and increased conservatism that accompanied the Brotherhood's tenure prompted venues to curb their dancing expenses. Now Kamel is back to dancing every night, even if audiences still have not reached
their pre-revolution peak.
A Game of Thrones actress has reportedly been banned from showing her breasts during filming on location. Producers of the hit US TV series have been prohibited from filming a pivotal topless scene at its planned location in the Croatian city
of Dubrovnik, according to TMZ.
The magazine says the program's crew applied to the local film commission to shoot the scene in which Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, undertakes a walk of penance through the streets of King's Landing.
But the request was reportedly rejected because the city's Church of St Nicholas has a hardline stance against public displays of sexuality. Advertisement
It's understood the iconic scene, will be shot elsewhere because of its importance to
The nude walk was in jeopardy as the Church of St. Nicholas, where the scene would be filmed, banned public nudity.
The film commissioners, however, have now changed their initial ruling, giving permission to filming on the streets of
Dubrovnik as long as Lena Headey, who plays Cersei, doesn't film it at the church.
The show's producers, thus, have to compromise with the new term set by the film commissioners. Headey will now shoot the nude scene on a fake church set.
The New Zealand morality campaign group Family First is outraged about a Hip-Hop song by a group named @peace which contains lyrics about killing the Prime Minister and having sex with his daughter.
National Director Bob McCoskrie says you can't
go any lower than this type of personal and offensive attack on a politician and their family. He calls for the election campaign to be lifted to a higher level than burning of effigies, torching candidate billboards, chanting F John Key .
Family First will lay a formal complaint with the Office of Film and Literature Classification.
Line Thailand, which operates the country's most-popular mobile-messaging app, has pulled three sets of emoticon images of Buddha in supposedly inappropriate poses following online complaints.
Thousands of Thai Buddhists claimed the images were
disrespectful because they portrayed the religious figure in funny, cartoon-like positions.
Led by a group called the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth, about 40 Buddhist organisations worldwide launched an international protest campaign on
change.org to have the recently introduced Buddha , The Mask Revolution and Saint Young Men sets removed. The Stop Buddha Line Sticker petition had attracted about 5,700 signatures..
Line then removed the contentious
images from its Thailand sticker shop . However the emoticons remain available for purchase and download elsewhere in the world.
Line Thailand said in a statement:
They are no longer available for sales
in Thailand market, since they may cause discomfort in cultural aspect. Line has no intention to disparage Buddhism but we feel deeply sorry for any inconveniences that may have been caused
Last week the self proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant group better known as ISIS, called for the death of Kuwaiti-American comic creator Naif Al-Mutawa.
The militant group currently engaged in battles in Kuwait claimed on Twitter
that Al-Mutawa's series The 99 is slanderous to Islam and that there is no good [for] us if he remains alive for over three days.
The series is about a group of 99 metahumans, each of whom has one of the Virtues of Allah
listed in the Koran, including generosity, mercy, wisdom, strength, and courage.
According to the Kuwait Times, Al-Mutawa said on Twitter that he will take legal action for the death threats but I really do not believe in ISIL and Qaeda... I
don't care about them.
Malaysia's highest court has rejected a challenge to the ban on Christians using the word Allah to refer to their god, in a highly divisive legal case.
The case was brought by the Catholic Church, which sought to overturn a ban first put in
place in 2007. But the Federal Court said an earlier ruling backing the ban was correct.
The case began over the use of Allah to refer to the Christian god in the Catholic Church's Malay-language paper. Christians argue they have used the
word, which entered Malay from Arabic, to refer to their god for centuries and that the ruling violates their rights.
Malaysian authorities claim its use by Christians could confuse easily confused Muslims and lead some to convert to Christianity.
This ruling was handed down by a seven-member panel, which voted by 4-3 to dismiss the challenge.
Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew said he was greatly disappointed by the judgement which didn't touch on the fundamental rights
of minorities .
Reports in Malaysian newspapers suggested the Church could call for a review of the decision.
The Catholic Church in Brazil has threatened to sue the Italian state broadcaster after it ran an advert featuring the landmark statue known as Christ the Redeemer wearing an Italian Football shirt. Rio de Janeiro Archdiocese claims that the
depiction is somehow blasphemous and may seek damages in excess of £4m, according to the Local.
The advert ran on Rai to promote its World Cup coverage but the Church was unimpressed, claiming it was exploiting the image of Christ
the Redeemer , which it claims is a crime. The advert features children playing football in the streets, then cuts to the statue with the Italy shirt digitally added. The slogan at the end reads Brazil awaits us .
Tirelli the lawyer who notified the broadcaster of the potential for a lawsuit said: The archdiocese feels outraged.
Rai have now withdrawn the advert amidst complains in both Brazil and Italy.
There's a penis upsetting huge swathes of Austrians, and it belongs to transgender reality TV personality Carmen Carrera. Throughout the country, this amazing David LaChapelle poster is pasted on Austrian streets, advertising this year's Life Ball in
Vienna, which is probably the world's most famous AIDS charity event.
Inevitable the easily offended are non too pleased. Austria's far-right party FP has filed a lawsuit against it, and one grandmother took to the streets to paint over every penis in
town, supposedly after she was asked by her grandchild if she had a cock herself.
Iranian censors have reportedly banned the use of messaging service WhatsApp, citing the Jewish heritage of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which now owns WhatsApp.
According to initial accounts from Fox News, Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, secretary of
the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, said the reason for the change is the adoption of WhatsApp by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is an American Zionist.
The Twitter account of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
retweeted a message from @MeetIran, which said it opposed the WhatsApp blockade.
Despite its massive popularity around the world, WhatsApp has become something of a black sheep in the Middle East. In February, the app was named the No. 1 cause
of destruction in Jewish homes and businesses, according to Israeli rabbis, who discouraged its use among the ultra-Orthodox.
Saudi Arabia's senior clerics have banned muslims from watching the Islam-inspired TV cartoon series, The 99 .
The television series based on a superhero comic book is being aired by Saudi-owned satellite channel MBC3, based in the United Arab
But in a fatwa published on Saudi websites claims the series to be blasphemous because the superheroes of its title are based on the 99 attributes ascribed to the religious character Allah in the Koran. The clerics, led by the kingdom's
mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, said:
The 99 is a work of the devil that should be condemned and forbidden in respect to Allah's names and attributes.
The original comic strip version has been sold
around the world and has also spawned a merchandise range and a theme park in Kuwait as well as the Arabic-language television series.
A popular Bangladeshi online bookstore has stopped selling books by a well-known writer after an Islamic militant issued death threats on Facebook to the website's owner.
Rokomari.com said in statement that it has stopped selling books authored by
Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born engineer and author who is currently living in the United States. Roy pioneered the popular Bangladeshi online blogging site Freethinker and rose to prominence with his books on philosophy, scientific thought and human
The decision to withdraw his books was prompted by death threats posted to Facebook by Farabi Shafiur Rahman, an Islamist extremist allegedly linked to the hardline Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami.
Farabi accused Roy of
defaming Islam and the religious character Mohammed and accused Rokomari.com chairman Mahmudul Hasan Sohag of promoting atheism by selling Roy's books. In his Facebook post, Farabi specified the office address of Rokomari.com and called upon his
Islamist friends in the adjacent locality to attack. He also told Sohag that he would suffer the same fate as Ahmed Rajib Haider, a popular blogger known by the psuedonym Thaba Baba, who was hacked to death last year by machete-wielding Islamic
Rokomari.com released a statement saying:
A review committee has already started working to shape a policy under which no book that raises controversy will be shown on our site.
My books are mostly on modern science and philosophy. These are not the books criticizing religious scriptures or any particular religion. They are mainly scientific books having references from reputed journals, books
He added that his books have never generated complaints over their content and that one of his books was on Bangladesh's annual best sellers' list.
The Sultan of Brunei has ordered his citizens to stop criticizing his plan to institute a nasty version of Sharia law, telling them they'll be sorry once the law is implemented.
He announced last October that Brunei would gradually institute Sharia
law punishments such as flogging, severing limbs and death by stoning beginning April 1.
Criticizing the sultan is forbidden, but the citizens of Brunei have still expressed their displeasure with Sharia law over social media. One poster dared to
It is truly frightening to think that we might potentially be stoned to death for being lovers, that we may be fined for being of a different sexual orientation, and that what we wear will be
But now the Sultan said in a speech:
They cannot be allowed to continue committing these insults, but if there are elements which allow them to be brought to court, then the first phase
of implementing the Syariah Penal Code Order in April will be very relevant to them
The govenor of the Turkish province of Konya has banned a TV series from filming in the province after it aired a scene depicting the religious character Muhammad.
The programme known as Sefkat Tepe , two weeks ago was criticized for showing a
depiction of Muhammad as a beam of light.
Producers of the show, which is aired on Samanyolu TV, blasted the decision and hit back at criticism, claiming that it was part of a smear campaign against Turkey's Hizmet Movement, which owns the
Easily offended French Muslims are taking satirical paper Charlie Hebdo to court for blasphemy over a front page insult of the Koran.
A court in Strasbourg set the hearing into Charlie Hebdo's supposed blasphemy for 7 April.
legal defence group brought the case over a front page headlined The Koran is shit .
Blasphemy is not an offence in France. The trial will be a test case because, although it bans public insulting religious communities established on the
territory , the agreement on the law only recognises Catholicism, three forms of Protestantism and Judaism.
A hearing has also been set for the 7 April in a case against former decentralisation minister Claude Goasguen that accuses him of offending the honour and dignity of the Muslim community
. Speaking to a gala organised by a pro-Israel group, KKL, Goasguen claimed that the history of the Holocaust could no longer be taught in French schools because people are so scared of the reaction of young Muslims who have been drugged in the
Lawyer Khadija Aoudia, acting for one of France's two major Muslim associations, the CFCM, said that media coverage of Goasguen's remarks feed Islamophobia and create a strong feeling of rejection .
Air New Zealand's sexy new safety video featuring bikini-clad models from Sport Illustrated magazine has been criticised for supposedly objectifying women.
Air New Zealand says it has produced the the world's most beautiful safety video ,
dubbed Safety in Paradise .
The video is the latest in a string of safety dramatisations to feature on the national carrier's aircraft and will be rolled out gradually on all routes from February 12.
But gender extremist Deborah
Russell, who viewed a preview about the making of the video, said she objected to the use of highly sexualised images in a safety video:
My concern is that as a woman I get on a plane to go to a business meeting
say - something serious - and I am confronted by women in bikinis in what are highly sexualised images.
That jars. I want to be taken seriously but it seems that suddenly they are saying that my sexuality is all that matters about
The airline said it expected the video would engage customers in core safety messages and drive passenger traffic on its Auckland-Rarotonga and Los Angeles-Rarotonga services.
This is 'money
can't buy' global attention focused on a key destination and our airline.
Air New Zealand spokesperson Andrew Aitken said the airline was not concerned about a potential backlash from passengers over the portrayal of women in the
Not at all. We have been careful to ensure Safety in Paradise has been produced in a way that is tasteful.
Air New Zealand said extensive tests with a cross section of customers and staff has
been done in a bid to ensure the video struck the right balance between entertainment and its important safety messages.
The religious leader of Iran has banned online chatting between men and women who are not related, repressing the hopes of singletons trying to find love on the internet.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published a fatwa against the practice on his own
website, claiming it to be somehow immoral .
Iranian authorities also blocked WeChat, an app similar to WhatsApp with more than 100million users that enables access to social networks. Both Facebook and Twitter, as well as other social
networks, are banned in Iran.
Despite this ban, many Teheran officials have both Facebook and Twitter accounts, including President Hassan Rowhani who has 163,000 followers on Twitter.
Ancient books in a historic library in the Lebanese city of Tripoli have been torched by extremist muslims, after a pamphlet supposedly insulting religion was found inside one of the books.
Security sources say that up to 78,000 books, many
irreplaceable ancient Muslim and Christian texts and manuscripts, are now unsalvageable.
The Al-Saeh library in the Serali neighborhood was set a-blaze after a local gang to objection to a sheet apparently insulting to the religious character
Mohammed, found hidden in the pages of one of the library books.
The library's curator, Greek Orthodox priest Ibrahim Sarrouj, received threats from unidentified people who accused him of writing the article, according the Jordan News Agency.
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati condemned the arson attack:
We denounce the burning of the library and reject any harm being done to Tripoli and its people, as it has been, and will remain, the city of the
world and of intellectuals.