Case Against Actor Nayanthara For ‘Disrespecting Lord Ram’ In Tamil Movie ‘Annapoorani’

Case Against Actor Nayanthara For 'Disrespecting Lord Ram' In Tamil Movie 'Annapoorani'

One of the allegations against the accused is that they promoted ‘Love Jihad’ through the movie.


Amid outrage over the movie ‘Annapoorani’, a case has been registered against actor Nayanthara, the film’s director and producers, and Netflix India’s content head Monika Shergill. The First Information Report, filed by a right-wing outfit in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur, alleges that the accused hurt religious sentiments of Hindus, disrespected Lord Ram and promoted ‘Love Jihad’ through the movie. 

The FIR was filed at the Omti police station by fringe outfit Hindu Sewa Parishad and names seven accused, including Nayanthara, director Nilesh Krishnaa, producers Jatin Sethi and R Ravindran, and Netflix India’s content hear Monika Shergill.

The movie, which released in theatres on December 1, began streaming on Netflix on December 29. After a backlash and several police complaints, it has now been pulled from the OTT platform. Two complaints against Nayanthara and others have also been filed in Mumbai by right-wing outfits Bajrang Dal and Hindu IT Cell.

The Jabalpur case, by the fringe outfit’s founder and president Atul Jeswani, has been filed under Indian Penal Code sections pertaining to promoting enmity among groups on the grounds of religion, and common intent.


In the FIR, the Hindu Sewa Parishad has alleged that ‘Annapoorani’ has hurt Hindu religious sentiments, insulted Sanatana Dharma and made baseless comments against Lord Ram. 

It points to certain scenes in the movie, including one where Nayanthara, who plays the daughter of a temple priest offers namaz wearing a hijab before making biryani. It also claims that, in one segment, a friend of the character played by Nayanthara “brainwashes” her into cutting meat, “claiming that Lord Ram and Goddess Sita also consumed meat”.

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