Comedy like every other art has changed and evolved with the advancing times. However, comedy isn’t as easy as it may seem. There are always chances for the audience to perceive it differently than expected. But, sometimes the set is of poor quality and far from funny. This is how the Christian minority of India received the comedy bit involving Raveena Tandon, Bharti Singh, and Farah Khan.
Raveena, Bharti, and Farah booked for demeaning the holy word ‘hallelujah’!
Here’s the video that hurt the religious sentiments of the Christians that reported these three ladies to the Amritsar police station.
‘Hallelujah’: Punjab Police book Raveena Tandon, Farah Khan and Bharti Singh for ‘hurting religious sentiments’ pic.twitter.com/grAgcvJ3Dr
— Nant Bantai (@BantaiNant) December 27, 2019
The person that took charge of filing against actress Raveena, comedian Bharti, and Director/Producer Farah was Sonu Jafar, president of Christian Front of Ajnala Block. Moreover, the FIR was registered at Ajnala police station under section 295-A of the IPC.
The Amritsar police station after viewing the video above was also of the same opinion. They deemed the video offensive. Vikram Jeet Duggal, SSP, said, “We have registered a case against the three and further investigations are being held”
The matter progressed to protests.
After the situation aggravated to such lengths, then Raveena finally broke her silence on the matter, along with Farah Khan.
Raveena justifies the video to be not insulting following an apology.
She tweeted, “Please do watch this link. I haven’t said a word that can be interpreted as an insult to any religion. The three of us (Farah Khan, Bharti Singh and I) never intended to offend anyone, but in case we did, my most sincere apologies to those who were hurt.”
Please do watch this link. I haven't said a word that can be interpreted as an insult to any religion. The three of us (Farah Khan, Bharti Singh and I) never intended to offend anyone, but in case we did, my most sincere apologies to those who were hurt. https://t.co/tT2IONqdKI
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) December 26, 2019
Farah Khan followed suit and set the record straight.
Farah expressed her grief over the hurt that was caused by unintentionally. Speaking on behalf of other participants and herself, she also sincerely apologized. “I respect all religions, n it would never be my intention 2disrespect any,” said Farah, who runs the show.
I’m extremely saddened that some sentiments have been inadvertently hurt by a recent episode of my show. I respect all religions, n it would never be my intention 2disrespect any.On behalf of the entire team, Raveena Tandon, Bharti Singh and Myself.. we do sincerely apologise.
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) December 27, 2019
It is quite common for celebrities to get criticism over insignificant and personal matters; like how recently Malika Arora faced backlash. However, this is an entirely different ball game, involving religion. Giving the benefit of the doubt, we can give it the ladies to have positive intentions behind this comedy sketch. Also, whenever religion is involved there is a fine line that shouldn’t be crossed. Sadly, an entire community of Christianity faith was offended that day.
Nonetheless, a sincere apology can go a long way. Now, it is up to the Christian brothers and sisters to forgive them or not. Hopefully, Raveena, Bharti, and Farah can seek genuine forgiveness from the Christian brethren.
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