Javed Akhtar hits back at Sufi group for threatening Sona Mohapatra


New Delhi, May 1: Veteran film writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, on Tuesday, hit back at the Madariya Sufi Foundation for allegedly threatening singer Sona Mohapatra to take down a music video.

Mohapatra, in a series of tweets on Monday, had alleged that the foundation had sent her a notice to remove her latest video Tori Surat as it doesn’t conform with their norms of a ‘Sufi song’. The 41-year-old singer took to Twitter to inform the Mumbai Police about the threats that she received from the Madariya Sufi Foundation.

Sona Mohapatra threatened by Sufi group over ‘Tori Surat’ song, files complaint

Akhtar took to Twitter to condemn the organisation “in strongest possible words”.

“In strongest possible words I condemn those regressive and reactionary organisations who are threatening Sona Mahapatra for making a music video of Amir Khusrau’s Geet. These mullas should know that Amir Khusrau belongs to every Indian. He is not your property,” said the 73-year-old.

In her tweet, Mohapatra said that the Sufi group has asked her to take down her video from all media platforms since it doesn’t conform with their norms of a “Sufi song”. Sona said that the group has called the music video, which has been cleared by the censor board, ‘vulgar’.

She alleged after giving the notice, they did not wait for her response and sent her threats through email. She claimed the foundation stated that her other video that came out five years ago, too, was inappropriate.

Mumbai Police was quick to respond to her complaint and asked her to give them her number to carry on the investigation. The singer thanked the police for their response.

While Sona filed a written complaint with the Santacruz Police Station in Mumbai, she did not file an FIR.

The cops have promised to talk to the Sufi Madariya Foundation and take necessary action.

The track ‘Tori Surat’ is a part Sona’s latest project called Lal Pari Mastani. The Sufi love song was penned by Ameer Khusrau for his beloved Nizammudin Auliya.

Madariya Sufi Foundation is a trust working to promote Sufism, peace, justice and human rights. The foundation focuses on research work of Sufi Saint Syed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar and his followers among others.


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