NDTV reports that Joseph Dias, general secretary of Mumbai-based Christian Secular Forum (CSF), has raised objections over the use of the word 'Hosanna' in the song, claiming that the word is a sacred term used in prayers by Christians and Jews.
In a statement, the Oscar-winning music composer said he didn't intend to hurt anyone's feelings and claimed there's nothing wrong with using the word in the song.
"As with any film project I work on, I had spent several months researching before composing and writing all the songs for Ekk Deewana Tha and had consulted friends who are Christian in particular about the use of the word 'Hosanna' in this song."
Lyricist Javed Akhtar defended the musician: "When we write lyrics with great composers such as Rahman, who is one of the most respectable human beings I have had the pleasure of working with, the intention is never to insult any religion. Why would we?"
A spokesperson for Fox Star Studios said: "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."
The film, directed by Gautham Menon, will be released on 17 February. It stars Prateik and Amy Jackson.