April 17, 2024

Christopher Nolan Called Out for Use of Hindu Text in ‘Oppenheimer’

  • The use of Hindu scriptures during the “Oppenheimer” sex scene is provoking outrage among India’s right wing.
  • A reading from the Bhagavad Gita takes place during an intimate scene featuring Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer and Florence Pugh’s Jean Tatlock.
  • India’s Information Commissioner condemned the scene and called it “an appalling attack on Hinduism.”

The use of a sacred Hindu text during a sex scene in “Oppenheimer” is drawing back from right-wing groups in India.

The historical drama, directed by Christopher Nolan, tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb. Cillian Murphy will star in the film in the title role, with Florence Pugh playing his lover, Jean Tatlock.

During the sex between the two characters, Tatlock pauses to ask Oppenheimer to read from a copy of it Bhagavad Gita — a sacred Hindu text.

“And now I’m going to die, destroyer of lives,” Oppenheimer says as they resume sex.

The use of the Bhagavad Gita during sex has caused an uproar among right-wing groups in India, with one politician calling for the site to be abolished worldwide.

Uday Mahurkar, India’s Information Commissioner, called the scene “an appalling attack on Hinduism”. statement he posted on Twitter on Saturday.

“A divine gift to human civilization from Bhagwan Sri Krishna, the Bhagwad Geeta, is one of the most ancient scriptures of Hinduism,” Mahurkar said in the tweet. “One wonders how the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) could approve the film with this platform.”

In the an open letter to Nolan posted on Twitter on the same day as the previous tweet, Mahurkar goes on to say that the scene “amounts to waging war on the Hindu community and almost seems to be part of a larger conspiracy by anti-Hindu forces”.

He asks Nolan to remove the scene from the film worldwide: “If you choose to ignore this appeal it will be considered a deliberate attack on Indian civilization.”

Mahurkar’s tweets provoked many responses. While some support his position, others find his claims inconsistent.

Twitter user answered saying that the scene merely dramatized Oppenheimer’s perversion, and that “nobody in their right mind saw a 20-second reference to a Sanskrit verse as a slur on Hinduism.”

Despite this, India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur wants to take action against the Central Board of Film Certification for failing to “protect the interests of the public,” The Times of India. reported.

Apart from the sex scene, the passage from the Bhagavad Gita is repeated throughout the film. Oppenheimer was very interested in scripture, and he was, in part. it helped him make sense of his actions.

Murphy told Indian film critic Sucharita Tyagi in the an interview last week that he had read the Bhagavad Gita in preparation for his role.

“I thought it was a really beautiful text – very inspiring,” Murphy said. Referring to Oppenheimer, Murphy said: “I think it was a comfort, he needed it and it gave him a lot of comfort, his whole life.”

This is not the first time that India’s right-wing groups have made a bad scene.

In 2020, some Hindu nationalist politicians were angered by a kiss scene between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man at a Hindu temple in the Netflix series “A Adapt Boy,” per. CNN.

Universal Pictures and the Central Board of Film Certification of India did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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