Choose Your Outrage, or, Nuns Get Boned on the Subcontinent


Look what I found while looking for a photo for Jesse Walker's Da Vinci Code story yesterday:

"2 films"? Isn't "Tickle my funny bone" something audiences should be demanding of the movie, rather than the other way around?

Mumbai's Catholic Secular Forum (a division of the Up Down Society) has been lobbying and petitioning to get Yogendra Konkar's film Tickle My Funny Bone banned, or failing that, to get it recut, or at least to get police action against posters for the movie, which depict a "vulgarly dressed nun with the church in the background." (That's the radiant Rinki Ali in the wimple, all you Hindi movie fans.)

It's not clear whether this campaign has borne any fruit. As always, the more news coverage I read about an issue in India, the less sense any of it makes. So while the Mumbai high court refused to take action against the film, it will also be censored. Go figure.

The Catholic Secular Forum is now going after Abhigyan Jha's film Sacred Evil, arguing that one of the group's members should have gotten a free screening and Milk Duds, and now they're pissed.

Anyway, who knew that The Da Vinci Code would be facing stiff competition not just from Over the Hedge but from Bollywood blasphemers? has the poster for Tickle My Funny Bone, along with some skin-tillating shots of Rinki Ali: has more coverage of this unfolding story.