Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mirza embroiled in new controversy

First there was the business about her "corrupting influence" and "indecent" clothes. Then there was the uproar over her daring to promote safe sex in a country filled with HIV/AIDS patients. Now Sania Mirza is in trouble again, this time for shooting an ad at the Mecca Masjid, a historic mosque in Hyberabad.

The ad, shot earlier this week, was done without the permission of the minorities welfare department, though the police had been informed about it. Witnesses said that some of the crew entered the mosque with their shoes on, and that one of the shoved a mosque watchman who tried to stop him from entering. The police are said to have used "mild force" to disperse citizens who were gathered around the area to object to the activity.

It is likely that Mirza did not know that proper permission had not been obtained.