In Tamil Nadu, the recently released film ‘Farhana,’ directed by Nelson Venkatesan and starring Aishwarya Rajesh, has stirred up intense controversy among Muslim communities.
The movie delves into the life of a middle-class Muslim woman who turns to sex work as a means of livelihood. Members of the Muslim community have expressed strong opposition, perceiving the film as an attempt to stigmatize and further marginalize their community.
The film, which hit theaters on May 12, has faced severe backlash, leading to heightened tensions. Aishwarya Rajesh, who plays the lead role in the movie, has received numerous threatening phone calls following the film’s premiere. Concerned about her safety, the actor is currently under the protection of the Tamil Nadu police.
Responding to the controversy, the film’s creators have defended their work, emphasizing that ‘Farhana’ is a work of fiction and not intended to deliberately defame or harm any particular community. They assert that the controversies surrounding the film are unfounded and unnecessary.
The film’s depiction of a Muslim woman’s choices and experiences has sparked heated discussions in Tamil Nadu.
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