Hyderabad, February 14: An Andhra Pradesh farmer has come up with an innovative idea to ward off “evil eye” of fellow villagers on his farm by putting up a poster of Bollywood actor Sunny Leone. In the poster, Sunny strikes a sultry pose in a red bikini against the green backdrop of the farmer’s large field of vegetable crop in Nellore district.
Even though 45-year-old A Chenchu Reddy of Banda Kindi Palle village is not a fan of Sunny but her poster is keeping his crop safe from the “evil eye” of fellow villagers as all the attention is being grabbed by the poster. “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 Hindustan reported.
There is a line written in Telugu on the poster which says, “Orey, nannu chusi edavakura (Hey, don’t cry or feel jealous of me)!”
The strategy has seemed to have worked for Reddy. “The trick has worked. Nobody is looking at my crop now,” he said.
Commonly, farmers use straw-filled scarecrows with an upside down clay pitcher for scaring birds away from fields or put ugly, fearsome dolls — called “bommalu” in Telugu — to block the evil eye. But the poster of a popular actor is a first, perhaps.