Poster of preacher and porn star riles up party


A FILM company in Tamil Nadu, India, is in hot water after releasing a poster of its new movie featuring controversial preacher Nithyanan-dha alongside a porn star, Makkal Osai reported.

Vels Film International recently released a poster of the film titled Puppy starring comedians Yogi Babu and Varun.

The poster shows caricatures of the duo sitting on a bed watching an unknown scene on a laptop.

A wall behind them has posters of Nithyanandha and American porn star Johnny Sins.

Far-right Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena complained about the poster and the film-makers, claiming a majority of Hindus would be hurt by such portrayal.

The film’s director, however, responded saying that the film would not portray the preacher in a bad light but the poster was merely meant to portray that the main character was a fan of both Nithyanandha and the porn star.

The self-styled godman Nithyanandha who started out as a priest has been embroiled in several controversies including a sex tape, an ongoing rape trial and attempts to take over temple adheenam.

> A temple in Tanjung Rambutan, Perak, was surprised to receive a quit rent notification for the first time in its history, Malaysia Nanban reported.

The 100-year-old Tanjung Rambutan Arulmigu Samayapura Maha Mariamman Temple, which is the biggest in the town, has been registered with the authorities, said temple committee chairman S. Murugiah.

As the temple has never been asked to pay the tax before, the committee was surprised when the Ipoh City Council slapped it with a RM3,128.40 notice.

The tax is collected because the temple is earning money from its multipurpose hall.

Murugiah, however, said money donated or paid to the temple was used for religious purposes at the temple or for social welfare programmes.

In fact, a further RM300,000 was needed to complete an activity centre within the temple compound, he said.

Since the temple refuses to pay the tax, it will bring up the matter with Perak state exco member A. Sivanesan and Ulu Kinta state assemblyman Muhamad Arafat Varisai Mahamad.

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.


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