A farmer in India’s Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh got creative when trying to protect his crops from evil eye. He used Indian actress, Sunny Leone’s poster to distract people from viewing his abundant crop and in the process, ward-off evil eye.
According to 45-year-old Chenchu Reddy of Banda Kindi Palle village, he used a poster of Leone wearing a red bikini and striking a sultry pose, so that people look at her instead of looking at his large field of vegetable crop.
Reddy said that he is not a particular fan of the actress but she is providing the necessary distraction for people from his bumper crop of cauliflower and cabbage crop.
“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 also 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.
In India, farmers are quite superstitious when it comes to protecting their crops. They have been known 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.