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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A Muslim group has issued a fatwa against the famed music composer AR Rahman and Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi for their involvement in the movie Muhammad: Messenger of God .

Majid Majidi
Majid Majidi

Raza Academy has objected to the negative portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the film.
“We are against the title. People may use it in a bad manner if they don’t like the film, which will mean an insult to the Prophet. The actors have charged money to act in the film and they may have dubious character in real life. How can we as Muslims allow such things to happen?” asked Saeed Noorie, chief of Raza Academy, who initiated the fatwa that was issued by Muhammad Akhtar – the chief mufti of Mumbai.
Upon telling Noorie that most of the crew members of the movie were Muslim, the former said it was all the more important than for them to realize their mistake. “We would have been criticised if we had condemned American or Danish filmmakers. If it’s an insult then it is an insult and the person’s religion doesn’t matter,” he said.
The academy has also said they will meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to demand a ban on this film in India. “We demand that the government files a case against Rahman for hurting the feelings of Muslims,” he said.

The fatwa also asks Muslims to stage protests against the film within the ‘legal’ limits and publicly condemn it.
“They have erred and they must apologize” said Saeed Noorie.

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“Beyond The Clouds”: Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi ropes in A.R. Rahman and Ishaan Khatter for his maiden Indian movie

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Filmmaker Majid Majidi (middle), Twitter

Mumbai, Jan 23, 2017: Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi on Monday announced that his maiden Indian movie is titled “Beyond The Clouds”. He has roped in actor Ishaan Khatter and Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman for the project.

Ishaan, the brother of popular actor Shahid Kapoor, has been chosen as he is a “wonderful boy” who is “extremely talented”, Majidi said here, adding that he foresees a “bright future” for the young actor.

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“Beyond The Clouds”, which is going on the floors on Monday, is being produced by Zee Studios and Eyecandy Films. The film dwells on nuanced human relationships, an area Majidi specialises in.

Talking about the film, Majidi said: “Filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, whose work I adore, have represented India’s culture, rich heritage and the lives of common people to a global audience.

“These visions and images have stayed in my mind for years and cajoled me to make a film in India. Finally , I’m in Mumbai with a lovely team to narrate a story woven around the lives of common people.”

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The leading lady of the film is yet to be finalised, even as there were rumours that Deepika Padukone was being considered for a pivotal role in the movie.

Rahman will be working on the score of the project, and this film will mark the Mozart of Madras’ second association with the director after “Muhammad: The Messenger of God”.

Majidi has been doing a location recce for the film in India since the past few months. It will be shot at numerous locations in India.

The details of the project were announced at a small gathering here, in the presence of Majidi, Ishaan, Rahman, Akash Chawla, Business Head – Zee Studios, along with Shareen Mantri Kedia and Kishore Arora from EyeCandy Films. Also present were Ishaan’s parents Neelima Azim and Rajesh Khatter along with brother Shahid.

Chawla said: “It’s our pleasure to associate with a global icon like Majid Majidi. Over the years, he has narrated stories with authenticity and honesty, the vision with which Zee serves content to its audience globally.

“This film, his first venture in the country, celebrates an India unseen by the world with a heartwarming story.”

Eyecandy Films representatives praised Majidi’s “unparalleled vision and artistry”. (IANS)

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We should Celebrate Carnatic Maestro M Balamuralikrishna’s Music, says AR Rahman

The legendary musician M Balamuralikrishna, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86

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M Balamuralikrishna. Wikimedia Commons

November 24, 2016: AR Rahman feels that the late legendary singer Balamuralikrishna’s music should be celebrated. He as a musician has left a huge legacy behind.

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According to PTI, the Oscar-winning composer said, “He is a legend. We shouldn’t mourn his death but celebrate such an icon, who kept the flag of classical music alive.”

Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, the late Carnatic musician will always be remembered for the optimism and clarity of his three-octave vocals.

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“It is going to be alive because the recordings are still there. It is going to be alive because of his art,” Rahman, who was in Goa to attend the 10th edition of NFDC Film Bazaar here, said.

He composed several kirits, thillanans, and varnams. He also revived old ragas like Sunadavinodini and Narthak. He also created new ragas like Mahathi, Lavangi, Murali, Manorama, Omkari, Rohini, , Prathimadhyamavathi Saravashree, Sushma, Sumukham, Ganapathi, Pushkara Godvari, and Siddhi.

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The legendary musician M Balamuralikrishna, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. He was not well for some time and breathed his last at his residence in Chennai.

by NewsGram team with inputs from different agencies