Mumbai: Music composer A R Rahman's latest composition for 'Ekk Deewana Tha' has landed into controversy with a Christian organisation threatening to drag the movie makers to court for the use of the word 'Hosanna' in a song.

The Catholic-Christian Secular Forum has demanded the deletion of 'Hosanna', claiming it is a sacred term for Christians and Jews and should be used only in prayer.

"Intentional or not, the use of 'Hosanna' in the movie 'Ekk Deewana Tha'... has resulted in hurting the religious sentiments of the Christians and Jews around the world," said Joseph Dias, the forum general secretary, adding, they would seek legal redressal if the word is not deleted from the film before its February 17 release.

Rahman, who had also provided music to the film's Tamil and Telugu versions, says he had consulted his Christian friends before using the term in the Gautham Menon directed film, which has been remade in Hindi starring Prateik and Amy Jackson.

"...I had spent several months researching before composing/writing all the songs for 'Ekk Dewaana Tha' and had consulted friends who are Christian in particular about the use of the word "Hosanna" in this song. Therefore, I am deeply concerned about the sentiments of all those who appear to be hurt by this song," Rahman said in a statement.

Lyricist Javed Akhtar also defended the song saying, "The intention is never to insult any religion."

Fox star studio, who are distributing the film, said there is no need to remove the word from the song.

"Our organisation, our music partners Sony Music Entertainment, our Producers and all of us are responsible organisations and our view is that more often than not creativity, freedom of speech and expression in art form are stifled by some people who have their own agendas. We have replied to Jospeh Dias today by letter," a spokesperson for the studio said.

(Agencies)