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Opposition grows to movie title Ram-Leela

A social activist has petitioned against the soon-to-be released Bollywood film Ram-Leela saying it is degrading to Hindus. In her representation made to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday Urvashi Sharma urged him to change the title of the movie.

The title of the film refers to the names of the lead characters, Ram, played by Ranveer Singh, and Leela played by Deepika Padukone in a story inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

However, the term also refers to plays performed during the Hindu festival Dusshera, telling the story of the deity Ram.

Ram-Leela, directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is scheduled for a November 15 release in India.

“I have urged the chief minister to intervene on behalf of the people of the state and request the producers of the film to delete Ram-Leela from the title of the film and change it to Goliyon Ki Raasleela,” Sharma said.

“And also I urge the National Board of Film Ceritification not to grant certificate for public exhibition of the film under Sections 4, 5 and 5-A of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, if the producer and director of the film do not delete the words Ram-Leela from the title of the film.

“This matter is related to the sentiments of lakhs of people of the state and the word Ram-Leela is contrary to the content of the film as shown in the promotional advertisement,” added Sharma.

Sharma said: “I have watched one of the promos of the film on YouTube and while watching the clip, many objectionable dialogues and scenes were noticed by me which, according to me as a social activist, are not only vulgar, rude, offensive and crude but degrade the religious feeling of the Hindus.” – IANS