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Priest’s daughter offering namaz, tasting biryani and Lord Ram eating meat: Netflix’s Annapoorani film.


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The streaming platform Netflix found itself embroiled in a contentious debate following the release of the film “Annapurni.” The movie, which has stirred controversy, faces allegations of depicting anti-Hindu sentiments, sparking outrage and prompting a legal complaint filed in Mumbai against Netflix and Zee, the platform promoting the film.

At the heart of the uproar is a scene within the film where a Hindu Brahmin girl is portrayed praying for the preparation of biryani. This depiction has drawn criticism, with many viewers expressing concern over what they perceive as a disrespectful portrayal of Hindu customs and traditions. Additionally, the film purportedly includes a scene where the protagonist attempts to justify meat consumption by referencing Lord Ram’s dietary preferences.

It is shown that the daughter of a Hindu priest offers namaz while cooking biryani. The actor (Farhan) motivates the actress to eat meat by saying that Lord Shri Ram also used to eat meat during his exile. Apart from this, Ramesh Solanki alleges that love jihad has been promoted in this film.

The portrayal of religious practices, especially within the context of dietary habits, holds significant cultural sensitivity in Hinduism. Such depictions, if perceived as mocking or misrepresenting religious beliefs, can be deeply hurtful and offensive to followers of the faith.

The controversy surrounding “Annapurni” sheds light on the fine line that filmmakers must navigate when portraying religious and cultural elements on screen. While artistic expression and creative freedom are essential aspects of filmmaking, it’s crucial to handle sensitive subjects with the utmost respect and understanding. Failure to do so risks not only offending religious sentiments but also perpetuating misconceptions and stereotypes.

The filing of a formal complaint in Mumbai against the film and the platforms associated with its promotion underscores the seriousness with which the issue is being taken. Authorities will now investigate the allegations and assess whether the content breaches any laws or cultural sensitivities.

Netflix and Zee, as platforms responsible for content distribution and promotion, have faced scrutiny in the past over similar controversies. The debate surrounding “Annapurni” reignites discussions about the responsibility of streaming services in vetting and showcasing content that respects diverse cultures and beliefs


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