A group belonging to the Shia community has approached the Hyderabad police alleging that the trailer of an upcoming Hindi movie Satyameva Jayate was 'hurting religious sentiments'.
The BJP Minority Morcha's city general secretary, Syed Ali Jaffry, approached the Dabeerpura police station in the city and filed a complaint against the film, which stars John Abraham.
Jaffry demanded action against the makers of the film for hurting religious sentiments.
Speaking to reporters outside the police station, he said, "We filed a complaint with the Station House Officer (SHO) that on June 28, the trailer of a film released, which was produced by T-Series. In the trailer, one shot shows the festival of Muharram and it depicts a scene of Matam (self-flagellation). The actor is later shown committing a murder following Matam. This has hurt our sentiments."
"There has been an attempt to directly and indirectly hurt the Shia community in many films. We also complained to the local Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), who assured us that they will transfer the complaint to the organisation's head office in Mumbai," he added.
The complainants threatened that if the scene is not deleted from the trailer and the movie, they would stage protests and not let the movie release. They also said that they would ensure similar protests were held not just in Hyderabad, but across the country.
They demanded that a case be registered under relevant sections of the Cinematograph Act and Section 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC.
Written and directed by Milap Milan Zaveri, the movie features John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee in lead roles, along with Amruta Khanvilkar and Aisha Sharma.
The plot of the story seemingly revolves around corruption.