Opposition to Hosanna disproportionate: FSS

Mumbai: Producer Fox Star Studio today termed the opposition to A R Rahman-composed song `Hosanna` from the forthcoming film `Ek Deewana Tha` as "disproportionate".

The use of the word hosanna, which has a religious association, in the Prateik Babbar/ Amy Jackson-starrer has not gone down well with Christian Secular Forum (CSF).

The religious group has reportedly said that Hosanna is a prayer in the Bible, and the term is sacred to both Jews and Christians. "It is a beautiful song. We have followed the law of the land. Every film and its music that we put out goes through the Censor Board, and this film and this song has been approved by the Censor Board," said Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studio.

"I think the reality is that we are seeing in this country how this entire creative expression, the entire ability to express yourself, is being sabotaged by the people who have their own interest and agendas," he said.

The film is a remake of Gautham Menon`s own Tamil film, `Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa`, which earlier got remade into Telugu as `Ye Maaya Chesave`. "The film and the track were released three years ago in Tamil and Telugu, there is a significant Christian population in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and it was a number one song there. And (now) there is objection from one place, so it seems disproportionate," Singh added.

"Rahman sir and Javed sir (lyricist Javed Akhtar) have gone on record saying whenever they do a song, they do the necessary research and understand the sentiment… they will never do something that will hurt anybody," Singh said. "The song is about love. It is equivalent to saying `thank god for helping me out`," Singh added.