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'Using Sufi poetry in vulgar manner in Pashto film' Son of famous poet demands Rs250m for damaging his father's name.

Byline: Sabih Ul Hussnain

PESHAWAR -- Son of famous Pashto Sufi poet Qalandar Malang has filed a complaint in Session Court demanding Rs250m from the director of the recently released Pashto Film Badnaam (notorious) for using a peom of the Sufi poet in a vulgar way.

The poem used as lyrics of one of the songs in the movie in which immoral scenes were picturized, the complaint said.

In the complaint, the complainant Shah Mehmood prayed Rs250m for damaging the name of his father and for violation of copyright.

Talking to The Fronteir Post Mehmood said that the date of hearing is fixed for October 13 (Tuesday) with the Civil Judge I Muhammad Ishaq.

The lyrics of the poem titled pregmeda ma pregmeda is a spiritual poetry which is picturized on the vulgar and objectionable scenes in the Pashto movie released on September 24, 2015 taking permission from for using work of my late father which is not only the violation of copyrights but it also harmed feelings of society as the poetry defines the love of Muslims for God, said Shah Mehmood.

Mystic poet Sultan Mehmood alias Qalandar Malang (late), who was resident of Badaber, is still alive in the hearts of the people belonging to literature as he has written different folk poems and earned a good name in the society. On work and services of Qalandar Malang in field of art and literature, the local poets and cultural promoters has also established the registered association in the name of Qalandar Pukhto Adab.

The mentioned mystic poem filmed in the movie also took fame in the society because of its deep wisdom and defining the relationship of Muslims and God.

According to appeal filed in the court, the appellant claimed rupees 5 million from the profit earned by Producer and Director Nadir Khan as, according to appellant and son of poet, the film was hit by the song pregmeda ma pregmeda whose copy rights were not allowed .

The appellant also claimed rupees 20 million further as the shooting of poem on vulgar and immoral scenes damaged the theme of spiritual poetry and feelings of thousands of people including Qalandar Pukhto Adab Association.

The defendants have hurt the feelings of plaintiff and association as the said mystic folk poetry is picturized in a vulgar way and have degraded the very theme of the poetry which defines the love of Muslims with God, hence the defendants are liable to pay damages, stated appeal.

The appeal further stated the defendants refused to accept the rights of the plaintiff and Pashto film Badnaam got hit because of the said folk poetry hence the defendants are liable to pay the profit earned by them on show of the film,

Other defendants in the appeal include singer Almas, owner and manager of Aina Cinema, hero Jahangir Khan and heroine Jia Bhutt.

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 11, 2015
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