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'Ek Thi Daayan' in trouble; issue goes to President

IndiaGlitz [Friday, April 05, 2013]

If it is Ekta Kapoor production then controversy wouldn't be far behind... Latest venture of Balaji's 'Ek Tha Daayan' is no different either...
The Emraan Hashmi starrer has got into bad books of Kolkata-based self-proclaimed Wiccan priestess, author and social activist Ipsita Roy Chakraverti. It happened so, as a part of the movie promotional campaign, Ekta had invited Ipsita. However Ipsita refused the invitation as a mark of protest for showcasing witches in poor light and also took the matters to President Pranab Mukherjee.
According to sources, Ipsita in a petition to Mukherjee convinced him to refer the matter to the National Women's Commission chief Mamta Sharma. In her view, she was unhappy with the way women are portrayed in 'Ek Thi Daayan' and it will not only induce more violence against them but also further witch hunts which still exists in rural areas. "I reasoned that the portrayal of witches in the film supports the age-old prejudice of burning women after branding them as witches," stated Ispita to sources.
Ispita went on to add that, she strongly believes that such films should not release in India and she is surprised as to how a National Award winning actress Konkona Sen Sharma is part of the project. 
On the other hand, Ekta Kapoor, who is known for her head-strong personality, said that her movie is an art and she is in no way degrading women. For the time being, the makers of 'Ek Thi Daayan' are refraining to make any comment unless they get an official statement from the Commission.

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