Bhopal: Music label Saregama on Sunday said the company will “change” the lyrics and the name of the song “Madhuban” featuring actor Sunny Leone after Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra alleged that the video of the track has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.
“In light of the recent feedback & respecting the sentiments of our fellow countrymen, we will be changing the lyrics & the name of the song Madhuban. The new song will replace the old one across all platforms over the next 3 days,” Saregama, which had released the aforementioned song on its YouTube channel on December 22, said in a brief statement.
Narottam Mishra had given Bollywood star Sunny Leone and music composer Saqib Toshi three days to take down a music video of the actor’s “obscene” dance to a song – “madhuban mein Radhika naache” – from the 1960 film Kohinoor.
Mr Mishra – who adds Ms Leone to a growing list of brands and artistic content he deems objectionable and has threatened with legal action, including a jewellery collection by designer Sabyasachi – has claimed the video that accompanies the song hurts Hindu sentiments.
“Some people continuously hurt Hindu sentiments… there are temples for Radha… we pray to her. Saqib Toshi can make songs concerning his religion, but such songs offend us. I will take legal advice and action will be taken if the video is not taken down in three days,” he said.
The Madhya Pradesh minister isn’t the only person demanding action against Ms Leone and Mr Toshi’s video; Hindu priests from Uttar Pradesh have also spoken out.
“We will go to court if the government does not act against the actress and ban her video album,” a Sant Naval Giri Maharaj from UP’s Vrindavan was quoted by news agency PTI yesterday, demanding a public apology from Ms Leone before she is ‘allowed to stay’ in the country.
The song in question was released by Saregama Music Wednesday and features Sunny Leone dancing to the song – viewed by some as describing the love between Krishna and Radha – that has been sung by Kanika Kapoor and Arindam Chakraborty.
Earlier this month Narottam Mishra hit out at Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for his invitation to stand-up comics Kunal Kamra and Munawar Faruqui – who have faced cancellation of shows after pressure from the BJP and right-wing groups.
Last month Mr Mishra fired another warning – to designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee – over a jewellery collection he declared was “obscene”. The designer – a global brand – pulled promotional material for his mangalsutra collection after Mr Mishra threatened him with police action.
Before that Mr Mishra lashed out at a Karva Chauth ad from Dabur, one of India’s biggest consumer brands, and earlier also attacked Bollywood filmmaker Prakash Jha over the filming of a web series.
On that occasion Mr Mishra stopped just short of defending the violence that took place on the sets; men from Bajrang Dal – a right-wing group with ties to the ruling BJP – manhandled the film crew.