Rustom writer accused of hurting Catholic sentiments with new film poster

Vipul K Rawal, the writer of the Akshay Kumar-starrer Rustom (2013), has been sent a legal notice by Mumbai-based lawyer Harishchandra Someshwar ahead of the release of Tony, his directorial debut, reports news agency IANS. The lawyer has claimed that the film’s poster hurts the religious sentiments of the Christian community.

The poster shows a chopped hand nailed to the Holy Cross, sacred to Christians. Someshwar, in his notice, stated that the makers have used the picture unethically and that it hurts the emotions of Catholics.

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Rawal, on the other hand, is adamant on using the poster. He said, “My film is based on a catholic serial killer. I have used the Holy Cross on the poster as it is relatable to my film. I am not hurting any religious sentiments, it is only a matter of how people perceive it. I am not changing the poster or taking it down. If people have issues we can talk over it.”

Tony is a psychological thriller about a group of college students who, in an attempt to do a class project differently, plant a camera in a church’s confessional box and come across a serial killer confessing his crimes to the priest, which leads to their lives spiralling out of control. The film is slated to hit the screens on November 29. At the box office, it will clash with the Dev Patel and Anupam Kher-starrer Hollywood flick Hotel Mumbai.

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