'Bismil' track from Shahid Kapoor's Haider draws ire from Pandits

Written by BollywoodHungamaNewsNetwork | Updated: Oct 10 2014, 08:05am hrs
Shahid KapoorHaider featuring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu and Irrfan Khan opened to mixed response at the box office. (BollywoodHungama)
The recently released Vishal Bhardwaj film Haider featuring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu and Irrfan Khan opened to mixed response at the box office. While some have been appreciating the filmmaker's adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, others have been dissing him for the film's slow pace. Now we hear that the film that released last Friday has landed in trouble, with a migrant Kashmiri Pandit group staging protest demonstrations in Jammu for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus by portraying the ancient Sun Temple of Kashmir as the devil's den in the 'Bismil' track.

In fact torching the posters of Haider, activists of the All Parties Migrants Co-ordination Committee (APMCC), the apex body of Kashmiri migrant Pandits, took to the streets in Jammu alleging that Bhardwaj denigrated the 1700-year-old Hindu temple.

While the Censor Board and the Archaeological Survey of India to register their protest, the APMCC has sought an immediate ban on the film and an unconditional apology from the producer and director of the film as well as the Censor Board of India and Archaeological Survey of India.

The said temple that was built in 370 AD is one of the two sun temples that exist in India with the other one in Konark. Since the one depicted in Haider faces west, it is said to gain greater significance according to Hindu scriptures.