The Mumbai police have lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against the creators of the Tamil film “Annapoorani: The Goddess of Food,” which includes actors Nayanthara and Jai, on grounds of “hurting Hindu religious sentiments.”
Featuring Nayanthara and Jai in the lead role, the film is currently streaming on Netflix. It was helmed by debutant Nilesh Krishnaa.
On Monday, January 8, the FIR was filed following a complaint submitted by Ramesh Solanki, founder of the Hindu IT Cell, a right wing group. The complaint targeted the lead actors of the film, including superstar actor Nayanthara and Jai, writer-director Nilesh Krishnaa, producers Jatin Sethi, R Ravindran, and Punit Goenka, Zee Studios Chief Business Officer Shariq Patel, and Netflix India’s Head Monika Shergill.
Annapoorani, released in theatres on December 1, and was recently made available on streaming platform Netflix, follows a Hindu Brahmin woman played by Nayanthara from the temple town of Srirangam who defies social odds to become India’s top chef. Her classmate Farhan (played by Jai) plays her friend who helps her navigate challenges and conflicts, especially regarding cooking and eating meat. After initial conflict, she begins eating meat so that she can cook it in competitions and does not let her caste location hinder her.
“At a time when the whole world is rejoicing in anticipation of the Pran Pratishtha of Bhagwan Shri Ram Mandir, this anti-Hindu film Annapoorani has been released on Netflix, produced by Zee Studios, Naad Sstudios and Trident Arts. 1) A daughter of Hindu Poojari, offers Namaz to cook Biryani. 2) Love Jihad is promoted in this Film. 3) Farhan (Actor) persuades the actress to eat meat saying that Bhagwan Shri Ram was also a meat eater,” read the X post by Ramesh Solanki.