Music label Saregama has succumbed to the warning issued by Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra by agreeing to change the lyrics and the title of their latest music video Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache. The song featuring pornstar-actor Sunny Leone had courted massive controversy after Hindutva groups reacted angrily to the seductive dance in the video.
Mishra had warned of legal action if Sunny Leone and the music director Toshi Sabri did not issue an apology and take down the video within three days.
Reacting to the controversy, Saregama Music issued a statement saying that they would comply with Mishra’s diktat. “In light of the recent feedback and respecting the sentiments of our fellow countrymen, we will be changing the lyrics and the name of the song, Madhuban. The new song will replace the old one across all platforms over the next 3 days,” the statement from Saregama read.
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Mishra, who holds the ministry in the Madhya Pradesh government, had told reporters, “We worship Maa Radha. Can Saaqib Toshi (sic) make one such song involving his religion? But they can hurt our religious sentiments. I am ordering Sunny Leone and Saaqib Toshi (sic) to understand and behave.”
Last week, Leone had taken to her social media pages to share the controversial song.
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Sharing the song, Saregama had written, “The most sensational duo of Kanika Kapoor and Sunny Leone is back with 2021’s biggest party song. Under the direction and choreography of the king of Bollywood dance numbers – Ganesh Acharya, get ready to groove to Madhuban this party season!”
The video on YouTube had clocked more than 11 million views.
Interestingly, the song Madhuban was originally sung by Mohammed Rafi in 1960 in the film Kohinoor.
Recently, a Mathura-based Hindutva leader had also raised objections on the new song featuring Sunny Leone.