Indian farmer puts up Sunny Leone poster to ward off 'evil eye'

'The trick has worked. Nobody is looking at my crop now'

News Desk February 15, 2018
The poster has a line written in Telugu which reads "Hey, don’t cry or feel jealous of me)!. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

An Indian farmer is using a poster of Sunny Leone wearing a red bikini in which she is striking a sultry pose to ward off the evil eye from fellow villagers, according to Hindustan Times.

In the backdrop is a large field of vegetable crop in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh and as intended, she attracts all the attention.

The 45-year-old Chenchu Reddy of Banda Kindi Palle village is not a particular fan of the Indian-American porn-star-turned-Bollywood-actor, however,  her poster is keeping his bumper crop of cauliflower and cabbage safe from the “evil eye” of fellow villagers.

“This year, I have a good crop on 10 acres. This has been attracting unnecessary attention of villagers and passersby. To ward off their evil eye, I thought of this idea of putting up the big flax poster of Sunny Leone a couple of days ago,” he said.

The poster has a line written in Telugu which reads "Hey, don’t cry or feel jealous of me!”

The strategy is working apparently and Leone is diverting people’s gaze from his field. “The trick has worked. Nobody is looking at my crop now,” Reddy said.

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It’s quite common in the countryside for superstition-steeped farmers to use straw-filled scarecrows with an upside down clay pitcher to resemble a human head for scaring birds away from fields or put ugly, fearsome dolls — called “bommalu” in Telugu — to block the evil eye.

In rural Andhra Pradesh, demons drawn on a metal plate or a pumpkin are set up as “dishti bomma” or evil eye doll in front of homes and near farms. But a poster of a popular actor in a skimpy bikini is a first, perhaps.

The farmer doesn’t think he has breached any indecency law, and nor does he give a hang to agriculture officials or police finding the visual objectionable. “The officials never bother to come to our fields to find out our problems. Why should they have any objection?” he asked.


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