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Mumbai lawyer issues notice to Lido cabaret

October 21, 2005 12:40 IST

Objecting to showing Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha in their newest revue, Bonheur, a lawyer from Mumbai has served notice to Lido, the world's most celebrated cabaret, asking them to remove the scene that hurts the religious feelings of Hindus.

Lawyer Sudhir Shah said that he had watched Bonheur on September 27 at the Champs Elysees in Paris and his religious sentiments were deeply hurt.

"I have served a notice to Lido asking them to remove the scene from the revue," he told PTI.

He said that Bonheur's theme is a woman's quest for happiness and to show the same in the said revue, Lido takes the audience on a 90-minute emotion-packed journey to a land of spectacular fantasy and discovery.

"But in doing so in its tableau, the revue makes use of Indian gods Shiva and Ganesha and, thereby, humiliates and makes a mockery of them," Shah added.

The lawyer further said that no Hindu can tolerate a scene where topless cabaret girls are shown dancing with Lord Ganesha in front of Lord Shiva's idol.

The producers and owners of Lido have been insensitive to Hindu sentiments, Shah said.

In the notice, the lawyer said Lord Shiva is considered the destroyer of all evils, while Lord Ganesh is worshiped by Hindus when they start any new venture. To depict the gods among topless women is 'an insult' and 'degrading'.

Shah said that he would approach the French High Commission in India and the Indian Embassy in France, if the organisers failed to reply to his notice and confirm that 'the objectionable scene will be removed'.

Ajay Khape in Mumbai
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