Hindu Jagran Manch protests against Bengali film for naming characters Ram and Sita

Hindu Jagran Manch protests against Bengali film for naming characters Ram and Sita
Hindu Jagran Manch holds a protest outside CBFC regional office in Kolkata against Bengali film ‘Rangberonger Kohri’. Pic: ANI

Kolkata: Bengali film “Rong Beronger Kori” has drawn the ire of a Hindu outfit as two of its characters are named after deities Ram and Sita.

The activists of the fringe group, Hindu Jagran Manch, held demonstrations outside the local office of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Friday and submitted a deputation seeking changes in the names of the characters.

Director Ranjan Ghosh, however, has refused to make any changes, calling the protests an attempt to curb his creative freedom.

Ghosh said the film has four separate stories about relationships and there is no mythological connection. In one of the four stories, two characters have been named Ram and Sita.

“Don’t we see people having names like Ram, Lakshman, Sita, Kartik, Saraswati in our everyday life? We name our children after them. Do they now want to change those names as well,” he asked. “It is a question of artistic freedom, a director’s prerogative of creating a work of art. We will protest and object to any bid to curb our freedom.”

One plot in the film, said Ghosh, is a love story of two tribal characters named Ram and there is an element of divorce. “It has got nothing to do with Ramayana. The entire controversy is an attempt to seek publicity,” he said.

The spokesperson for the West Bengal unit of Hindu Jagran Manch, Vivek Singh, has written a letter to the Union Information and Broadcasting minister, Smriti Irani, stating that naming the film’s characters after Ram and Sita will hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

Singh told reporters on Thursday that he will not give up the fight and may even explore legal options if the Censor Board clears the film without considering the group’s demand.

The BJP’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh said the trend of naming film characters after Hindu Gods or revered mythological characters might harm the sentiments of people of the community.

The film has Chiranjit Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta, Ritwik Chakraborty and Arunima Ghosh in lead roles.