Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 in trouble? Hindu Janjagruti Samiti asks CBFC to remove scenes that hurt ‘religious sentiments’.

Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 3 is facing backlash for featuring religious figures, sadhus , in the title song Hud Hud Dabangg. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has received a letter seeking removal of the scenes showing Hindu holy men doing “western” moves as they dance, and to deny a censor certificate in case the sequence is not removed.
The Maharashtra and Chattisgarh branch of a religious organisation, Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, has asked the CBFC to remove the sequence as “it hurts religious sentiments”. In the letter to CBFC, the group has said, “If the movie happens to be on the lines of what we have seen in the trailer, it is extremely shocking depiction of Hindu deities and saadhus and also goes at great lengths to humiliate and poke fun at the basic foundations of Sanatana Dharma.”
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The organisation has claimed that a scene in the song shows sadhus clad in saffron, dancing with guitars in their hands. It is aimed at “maligning” and “insulting” Hindu sentiment and culture, they claimed. Sunil Ghanwat of the Hindu Janjgruti Samiti in a video released online condemns “a clip from Dabangg 3 which was released recently.” He said that the clip has “insulted Hindu gods - Lord Ram and Shiva and hurt Hindu sentiments as it featured Sadhus dancing on Western songs.”
He added, “Just because Hindus are tolerant, you cannot disrespect us. The song even has our Gods - Shiva, Rama and Krishna. We also request the Censor Board to not certify the film until the following part has been eliminated or else we will continue t to protest.”
Twitter was quick to lap up on the demands of the organisation and #BoycottDabangg3 was a,on top India trends Friday afternoon. Not to be left behind, Salman Khan’s fans were prompt enough to ensure #AwaitingDabangg3 also featured on the top trends.
Directed by Prabhu Dheva, produced by Salman, Arbaaz Khan and Nikhil Dwivedi, Dabangg 3 also features Sonakshi Sinha, Mahesh Manjrekar, his daughter Saiee Manjrekar, Salman’s brother Arbaaz, Mahie Gill, Dimple Kapadia and Kannada star Sudeep. The film is slated to hit big screens on December 20.

#BoycottDabangg3 has been trending on Twitter since Friday morning as netizens’ has claimed that Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3 has upset Hindu sentiments. A Bengaluru-based NGO, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, has demanded that the film censor certificate should be canceled. Controversy rose after a section of social media objected to scenes in the film’s title song that shows saffron-clad sadhus dancing with guitars. In a letter submitted to Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) Bengaluru office, the NGO wrote: “Request to cancel the Censor certificate to the forthcoming movie Dabanng 3, which insults Hindu Dharma”.
“The forthcoming film Dabanng 3 produced by Salman Khan Films in the trailer of this movie, a song Mai Hu Dabang Dabang, Hud Hud Dabang! While performing in western style, obscene and seductive dance by Hindu sadhus. Also in the song, Shrikrushna, Shriram and Bhagwan Shankar deities are shown blessing the hero. Thus this song denigrates of Hindu sadhus and deities and dharma. The producer has systematically attacked Hindu Dlharma. This song has hurt religious sentiments of the Hindus hence this song and other denigrating scenes should be removed from the film,” the letter, which was shared by a Twitter user, added.
“If the movie happens to be on the lines of what we saw in the trailer, it is an extremely shocking depiction of the Hindu deities and sadhus and also goes at great lengths to humiliate and poke fun at the basic foundations of Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism). We feel that this movie is likely to hurt the sentiments of Hindus from various spiritual paths.
“In view of above you are requested to cancel the censor certificate for this denigrating film,” the letter further stated.
Netizens, who are upset with the alleged depiction of Hindu sadhus in the film are also demanding an apology from the film’s lead actor and one of the producers Salman Khan. In this context, a user tweeted, “#BoycottDabangg3. Salman Khan has to apologise for the degrading our Hindu saints. Will he dare to say or show something on maulvis ??”
However, Salman Khan and the makers of the film are yet to react on the same.
The song ‘Hud Hud Dabang’ has been shot on the banks of Narmada in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, and it shows Salman Khan as a carefree man who only fears his God. Hud Hud Dabangg has been the hallmark of the Dabangg franchise. The song makes a comeback in the third installment of the film with a fresh take by the composers Sajid-Wajid. Watch the Chulbul Pandey dancing to the beats of one of India’s most rooted songs.
Directed by Prabhu Deva, “Dabangg 3” also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan and Saiee Manjrekar in key roles. The film is slated to hit theatres on December 20.