Salman Khan’s production Loveratri angers VHP for ‘distorting meaning’ of Hindu festival

The debut film of Salman Khan’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma is in trouble. Loveratri has irked the members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for allegedly distorting the meaning of a Hindu festival.

“We will not allow its exhibition in cinema halls in the country. We don’t want the sentiments of Hindus to be hurt,” the international working president of the VHP, Alok Kumar, said, adding, “The film is set against the backdrop of Navratri, a Hindu festival, and the name distorts its meaning.”

Navratri is a festival which is celebrated over nine nights with great fervour and revelry by the Hindu community. The nine days are dedicated to the worship of Maa Durga and her nine avatars.

It is not known whether the makers will change the title of the film to appease the VHP or stick their ground.

Apart from Aayush, Loveratri will also mark the debut of Warina Hussain, a half-Iraqi and half-Afghan model who is best known for the Dairy Milk Silk commercial.

Rumour has it that Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle Kaif was in the running to play the female lead. However, her inability to speak Hindi fluently and unease with the cameras led to her losing out on the role.

The first poster of Loveratri featured Aayush and Warina doing the dandiya, and the film, directed by Abhiraj Minawala, is said to be a Navratri-themed romance.

Loveratri will hit the screens on October 5, just a few days before the festival.