Samajwadi Party threatens stir over Azaan

Mumbai: Taking objection to the title of Bollywood flick `Azaan` ahead of its release, the local unit of Samajwadi Party (SP) on Monday threatened to take to the streets if the same is not changed.

Addressing a press conference at the party office here Maulana Asrar Ahmed Bakai, General Secretary of Majlis-e-Ulama, warned that if the title of the movie is not changed then the Samajwadi party would hold demonstrations across the city.

He also said that they will also not allow the movie to be released as the title `Azaan` is hurting to the religious sentiments of Muslims.

`Azaan`, directed by Prashant Chadha is slated for release on Friday.

Maulana Abdul Jabbar Mahirul Kadri, Zulfikar Azmi, president Maulana Azad Memorial Trust and Samajwadi party (Mumbai) general secretary Kuber Maurya, who jointly addressed the press conference, said `Azaan` is a sacred word used as invitation for prayers by Muslims.