‘Does saffron colour belong only to Hindus’: Farooq Abdullah on ‘Pathaan’ controversy

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah spoke on the ‘Pathaan’ movie controversy and asked if the saffron colour belongs to Hindus and green colour belongs to Muslims.

In Short

  • Does the cow belongs to Hindus and ox belongs to Muslims, Abdullah asked
  • Pathaan’s song ‘Besharam Rang’ is in controversy over the Deepika Padukone’s saffron-coloured attire
  • Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra even said he would not allow the film to be released in the state

By India Today Web Desk: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Friday asked if the saffron colour belongs to Hindus. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister’s statement came over the controversy over the movie ‘Pathaan’, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.

“A controversy erupted over wearing saffron-coloured clothes in Shah Rukh Khan’s new film (Pathaan). Does it mean that saffron belongs to Hindus and green belongs to Muslims? What is this? Cow belongs to Hindus and ox belongs to Muslims?” Abdullah asked.

Pathaan’s song ‘Besharam Rang’ surrounded itself with controversy after Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra fumed over the use of saffron costumes in the song.

The minister claimed the film has some objectionable scenes and threatened to ban the movie in Madhya Pradesh if the scenes were not dropped.

Right-wing outfit Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) also strongly objected to Deepika Padukone’s saffron outfit and some scenes in the song.

Expressing displeasure, the group demanded immediate changes to the movie and the song.

Moreso, the Mumbai Police have received a written complaint, seeking the registration of an FIR in connection with the use of saffron colour for the movie’s song.

According to an official, a complaint was filed on Saturday against the producer, director and Deepika Padukone for deliberately using saffron color to hurt the religious sentiments of people.


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