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Ratan Sharda
Open letter to 'Bollywood' 05 January, 2015
Dear Vishal Bhardwaj and Raju Hirani, I would have kept quiet like any 'decent, tolerant' Hindu about PK and Haider but Vishal Bhardwaj's lamentations about freedom of speech in Sunday Times on 4th Jan, 2015 forced me to put my pen to paper.

I am a citizen of India who was brought up on the staple diet of Hindi films. As a person who edited and published the first Hindi Film & Video Guide of Hindi Films - Collections in 1989 that saw 6 editions over next 8 years or so, I can claim to understand the industry thinking to a certain extent.

I saw many films with a sense of guilt as a Hindu when he saw that priests were nearly always greedy, lustful rotund people who didn't mind raping a lady even in sacred temple precincts. I appreciated Rahim chachas, father Patricks and an alcoholic Anthony with a golden heart and felt deep in my heart why our despicable priests couldn't be like them. I felt a pang of guilt when films lampooned or caricatured lovable Parsis.

I am sure, many of my age group would identify these films and characters easily. So, for people of our generation in their fifties and sixties a PK or a Haider fell into the same pattern and we were hurt but not agitated but don't howl in protest. I too would have remained silent as I belong to a generation who were taught in schools under secular education system conceived by great leader with scientific temper, Mr. Nehru, that there was something basically rotten with Hindu society which resulted in horrors of caste, superstition, poverty that finally resulted in slavery under benign rule of Mughals and British.

Poor performance of economy was called 'Hindu rate of growth' though it was Nehru's socialist rate of growth. Nehru's half baked knowledge of history written in good English as 'Discovery of India' was the beacon light for history writers. The left secular hijacking of history under Indira Gandhi completed this sense of loathing for anything Hindu. If anything good like Yoga or Science was 'discovered' it was to be dissociated from Hinduism and presented as something that sprung up inspite of anti-human, inequality based Hindu dharma not because of its universal scientific philosophical system that encouraged open minded enquiry.

With this background we were not surprised or hurt but ashamed when we saw such archaic cliche? ridden images of Hindus in movies. Of course, makers too came from the same social background so they also found it convenient to nurture 'secular' fabric of India. There were brave producers and directors who went deep into social evils of Hindu society with sensitivity. One can recall Chetan Anand, Bimal Roy, V Shantaram and Raj Kapoor amongst others. But, the 'safe' commercial formula ruled the roost.

With christening of Hindi film industry as 'Bollywood' this cleavage between west oriented film industry and traditional society became pronounced. Industry was no more rooted in Indian ethos. But, the embarrassment of being Hindus inspite of trying to exhibiting their western orientation didn't go away. So, we saw a new breed of movies like OMG - Oh My Godwhere Mithun caricatured, rather lampooned one of the most respected Guru Sri Sri Ravishanker for no rhyme and reason. We had Singham Returns where the villain was an incarnation of evil under the garb of a sanyasin or Guru. And then we had Haider and PK too.

These movies disturbed me but I kept quiet as a 'good' 'modern' Hindu. Unfortunately, the new self- confident aggressive generation that has seen rise of India as a power in technology and science cannot stand such a depiction. They are outspoken, blunt and impatient. So, many of them have spoken out, a few in a manner which is termed 'lumpen' by our social elite. Though, why such description is not used for violence by other religious followers is unfathomable.

Surely, Hinduism is most open to self criticism and self correction, so such movies should not lead to violence. There are better ways to register unhappiness and complain about being pushed around for being 'good boys'. May be Hindus should have sent you 'Get well soon' cards like Munna bhai.

"What is wrong in pointing out wrongs in a society?" - hurt producer/directors ask. Right sir, but people probably find it wrong the way you do it. To my mind, the sense of hurt has less to do with pointing our wrongs in Hindu society, but the lack of balanced, secular approach to the problems of our society in throes of tectonic changes and sensitivity of all its communities.

You can take out a march and get a film banned that shows a padre lusting for a woman or a padre hungry for money. You can get a movie song removed or a large chunk of movie cut because it hurts the sentiment of Muslim community due to perceived threat of violence. One can get a TV serial banned just because it is written by Tasleema Nasreen. But, nary a cry of freedom of speech! You keep quiet about this naked threat to freedom of speech.

Whatever PK wished to convey, could have been conveyed using different religious practices. E.g. if going to temple is out of fear, but then so is going to church or offering namaz. (it is a different issue that 'God fearing' is an English term, Hindus have no such term, it is 'Prabhu premi - God loving). If pilgrimage is superstition, it is so for all religions. If so called godmen are spreading superstition what are 'changai sabhas' or 'miracle sessions' of evangelists?

Vishal, coming to your laments about 'freedom of speech' and his fear of security, he refuses to acknowledge that he showed Indian army in poor light. He showed atrocities on Kashmiri Muslims but failed to amplify that this was one of the consequences of barbarian ousting of Kashmiri Hindus and an attempt to separate Jammu & Kashmir from India.

No sensitive director in his right mind would use one of the most sacred temple to film dance of devil there. A Hindu like you, Mr. Vishal, would never have dreamt of shooting this song against the backdrop of a Church or a Mosque and rightly so. But, Hindus are 'good boys' and can withstand any misrepresentation in the name of liberty.

No government can allow any part of its land to be cut off like this. Army was doing its duty in a very tough and hostile terrain during this critical time. To demoralize and demonize it and show it in poor light is almost an act of treason to the national cause. Remember, for India, J&K as an integral part of India is proof of its secular credentials. Do jawans need no sympathetic hearing?

Please talk to army men and hear their side of the story too before passing off such anti-national presentation as cinematic liberty. Perhaps you could take a leaf out of Hollywood movies whom you love to hate but whom Bollywood copies shamelessly. They produce macho movies to cover up their embarrassing disasters of their Vietnam and Iraq etc. Here our secular Bollywood converts even successful campaigns into embarrassment.

A recent article in The Guardian on 25th December, 2014 asks- "Why is Hinduism the driving philosophy from Interstellar to Batman to Star Wars? Writer, Nirpal Dhaliwal quotes Petar Rader, the producer of first Matrix movie, "It's a yogic movie. It says that this world is an illusion. It's about maya- that if we can cut through the illusions and connect with something larger we can do all sorts of things." But before Nolan, before the Matrix, before, even, the iPad, there was Star Wars.

It was the film, with its cosmic scale and theme of a transcendental "force" which opened up mainstream American culture to Indian esotericism more than anything else. A philosophy to which many are keen to subscribe is what makes religions successful. But, alas, Bollywood has no balls or brains to understand the supreme beauty of Hinduism and use it to produce movies that could enlighten the society. So, they keep raking up the rancid old muck and recycling the same crap formulae to rake in their moolah.

Let right to freedom of speech be equal for all- whether somebody wishes to criticize Hindus or any other religions, or wishes to draw an image of naked Hindu gods and goddesses or prophets; or question birth of Jesus, or be dissenter of any faith; or for one wishing to lampoon character of charlatans of any faith.

John Stewart Mills noted more than a century back that, 'your liberty to swing your fist ends where my nose begins'. This is the basic principle of responsible social liberty and democracy. I request Raju Hirani and Vishal Bhardwaj and his Bollywood ilk not to bloody the nose of Hindus to show off their liberty.

Ratan Sharda

5th Jan, 2015

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About The Author
Ratan Sharda is a citizen journalist. He has authored books like 'Secrets of RSS'. A marketing consultant by profession, Mr. Sharda is a keen observer of the country's political scenario.
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Aishwarya
I would before hand like to ask for your forgiveness for my bold use of speech and for hurting the religious sentiments of many. I'd like to ask everyone of you that how many of you have turned a blind eye to every other factor while you continue to obsessively stand for your beloved religion Hinduism. Since you so conveniently have turned away from various other factors defining the boll wood which I must point out is an industry which earns on the basis of stories, stories which will appeal to the masses; story one can connect to. For instance, in PK it has been portrayed that all religions are but names and creations of mankind using a plot of a tapasvi for in India we have been largely familiarised with the concept of sadhu and tapasvi however I haven't heard of any famous religious practitioners of other religion. Perhaps that's the reason for choosing a familiar plot. However I still point out the that the movie in question dessicated all religions and not just one but I am sure you would have turned away from those facts. Moreover, largely in our bollywood industry we have terrorists portrayed as Muslims, dealers portrayed from a different religion. Should that agitate the other communities? I don't think so. It somehow slashes back that our religion and our willingness to follow these religions is based on how much mass attention we can gather at that moment. I am sure no one would preach this to rapists of any religion! Or murders of any caste! Or to those who kill in the name of God and religion! And I speak irrespective of religion and caste. I speak to larger masses who do not make movies for money; as the sanctity of the situation to them is more important than to the few who portray. P.s. it was the Hindu rate of growth because at that time india was referred to as 'Hindustan' even though this land houses people of diverse religions it was still known as 'Hindustan'. Do you have something to say about that?
venkata rao vedula
I am still unable to fathom why five million Hindus fled from Kashmir to Jammu and elsewhere just because a small section of Moslems made their life miserable. Are Hindus so meek that the at the slightest provocation they emigrate to distant lands foregoing the land of their ancestors ? I can very well understand the fear psychosis spread at the time of partition when both communities who had remarkably closer access to the land of their faith emigrated. But it did not so much create as much as a havoc with Bengal just by one solitary person : M K Gandhi - camping at Noakhali. But there was no sign of Maulana, Patel nor Nehru to stem the tide on the North West frontier who were happily roosting at Delhi basking in the glory of heading an interim government. Nehru despite his literary excellence and political leanings did not intervene when soon after East Pakistan was formed to exhort the Hindus from moving to West Bengal from the East. What he did was to merely ease their pain by setting up infrastructure at Dandakaranya.This he could do so at that time as the States were dependant on the federation. Fakhruddin Ahmed went further by despoiling the tranquility of Assam with the illegal settlement and hosting voting rights on many who again transgressed soon after the breakaway of East Pakistan and formation of Bangladesh under the benign eye of Indira Gandhi. Today, Assam is in tethers just because of Congress politics. But the question that irks all of us Hindus that the landlords of Kashmir and East Bengal were once Hindu Zamindars. Like all the noble classes this class of folks had one foot on either side of the border and at the slightest sign of anarchy quickly vanished into Indian soil leaving their brethren in danger. They should have stayed firm and ensured that the Hindu community who fawned upon them to hold their ground. Even today, West Bengal denizens have fondness of East Bengal or Bangladesh which was the land of their ancestors and treat Bangladeshis with much reverence. However, on the other side of the border the Bangladeshis in general have nothing but vitriolicism for Indians but are unashamed to cross over the fragile border to set up illegal trade, homes, hearths and enjoy the hospitality of India with not so much of a chagrin by the West Bengali folks who love to fete them ! Our movie makers maintain a large distance from any portrayal of other religions but take great liberty in deriding Hinduism by projecting its followers and religious sect leaders as immoral and corrupt. Such type of preachers are there in every faith and Bollywood and its heros who rake much moolah from the box office should show that they are not at all in fear of backlash and destruction to their property or loss of limb or life by factual enactment of truth however unpalatable it may be to any section of the public or viewer.
ravi thapa
Hi, Read your open letter and is quite interesting how you have described your thoughts. I wont comment on Haider, but yes will definitely comment on your thoughts about PK. PK is an average kind of movie, but still has many facts which are quite real and bitter too. Before going to PK, I want to ask did you like the movie OMG? and your answer will be obviously yes. You know why, because it gave a message to you that Krishna does exists and is your friend, despite of all the nonsense drama and truth been revealed in the movie about how people are playing with your sentiments and trust on GOD. Still you like it. Ha ha... I am a Hindu, and you know why I am Hindu, its because my forefathers were Hindu and their forefathers and their forefathers too. I never mind to be born in any religion, since the line of mark has been set from my ancestors so I am Hindu now. In my school days its been taught that we have only one GOD, and you know what, ya!! I believe it from bottom of my heart. In my school days I kept fast in Ramjan, played Holi , went on Gurunanak jayanti to have langar and church to light a candle. Please do believe me I did this, and its not because I feared of any exam or I needed anything from my prayer. It was to mingle with my friends and a chance to learn their beliefs and faith in GOD. I have friends of all religion, and believe me they all have beautifull heart and of kind nature. When there was an era of villains and heroine used to pray to them " leave me on the name of GOD" definitely you used to think now hero will enter in the scene and a big fight will go on, then blood bath inside temple or outside but the end will be with the trishul. I remember an old movie dialouge villain says " IF I leave you for GOD then what I will have" I wish you could have written this letter that time. Now its quite late!!! PK gave a strong message if you want to believe it or not, there are 2 gods - one who made us and the another whom we made. Signing off...
Aman
With all due respect I wanted to put my opinion in this open forum. We all know and do understand what wrong practices is going on by the name of "Aastha" faith. In all religion if you want can point out something wrong and the other religion will defend it. This is what always happened in India. Can we take good things and move further. I am not saying the whole movie has correctly portrait the issues but one thing which I like and can take further that GOD has not created any religion. GOD has given equal strength, mind, body, heart to all the people on this earth. We have created these different religion. Why don't we start believing that we all are child of one GOD. I think we don't deserve to become human from monkeys the way we are fighting with each other. If GOD want different religion of people then he would have given us different body, strength, mind....No religion want fight or war. But we people most of the time fight because of religion. Always trying to prove that our religion is best religion and highlight other religion drawbacks. Holy books, Vedas are written to tell human being how to live a life. But we name them differently and start a endless fight to become the best. If you take out the significance of every book is same. I don't understand why we used surname. The first name is enough to call someone but to know his religion start putting surname. And we have not stopped into religion, we further have different caste system in the religion. I wonder will India ever be free from this religion fight... GOD knows....
Bins
ബംഗാളിൽ തസ്ലീമ തിരക്കഥ എഴുതിയ ടി വി സീരിയൽ മുസ്ലിം സംഘടനകളുടെ പ്രതിഷേധത്തെ തുടർന്ന് നിരോധിച്ചു. വിശ്വരൂപം എന്നാ കമല ഹാസ്സൻ സിനിമയ്ക്ക് നേരെ മുസ്ലിം സംഘടനകൾ പ്രതിഷേധിച്ച് ആക്രമങ്ങൾ നടത്തിയപ്പോൾ പ്രദർശനം നിർത്തി വെച്ച് സിനിമ വീണ്ടും എഡിറ്റ്‌ ചെയ്യേണ്ടി വന്നു.ഡാ വിൻസി കോഡ് എന്ന സിനിമ ക്രിസ്ത്യൻ മത വിശ്വാസികളുടെ എതിർപ്പിനെ തുടർന്ന് ഇന്ത്യയിൽ നിരോധിച്ചു. പത്തിൽ കൂടുതൽ ഹോളിവുഡ് സിനിമ കൾക്കെതിരെ ലോകമെമ്പാടും ക്രിസ്ത്യൻ മത വിശ്വാസികളുടെ പ്രതിഷേധം ഉണ്ടായിട്ടുണ്ട്. പിതാവിനും പുത്രനും എന്ന സിനിമ ( സിസ്റ്റർ ജെസ്മിയുടെ ബുക്കിനെ അടിസ്ഥാനമാക്കി ) ക്രിസ്ത്യൻ പ്രതിഷേധത്തെ തുടർന്ന് കേരളത്തിൽ നിരോധിച്ചു.എന്നിട്ടാണ് ഇപ്പോൾ പി കെ എന്ന പടത്തിനെതിരെ ചിലർ പ്രതികരിക്കുമ്പോൾ ആവിഷ്ക്കാര സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം,ജനാധി പത്യം എന്നെല്ലാം പറഞ്ഞു മറ്റു ചിലർ എഴുന്നള്ളുന്നത്.
s chadha
Mr sharda ---you have brilliantly articulated what most of us feel Those who have studied in Xtian institutions, in the english language are closet christians ---hindus who feel ashamed of their religion and culture As far as muslims are concerned , 800 years of brutal muslim rule and how they made pakistan has made us fear muslims and what they are capable of when provoked We saw this recently in France which strengthens our fears of them ---better not provoke The whole unsavoury state if affairs has been compounded by appeasement policies of our leaders ---is the last also not extension of the same theory followed by Bollywood ---hindus can be pushed but the same cannot be said of others Bollywood is being financed and controlled by islamist mafia and the result is PK There is danger that as this has grossed huge earnings ,there will be others too ready to lampoon hinduism in their quest for box office rewards What about the censors ? Singh is king was shown and cleared by sikh priests , if there is one scene considered unsavoury to muslim , xtian it is censored But with hindus ---freedom of speech is cited to support this lampooning If the censor board chairperson is a rabid anti hindu ---like xtian leela samson --then is it any wonder , ? Read about her background in Breaking india by Rajiv malhotra , how she removed sarsawati photos , introduced xtian motifs in Bharat natyam On one hand we have hindus with a inferiority complex and on other minority members who covertly are anti hindu due their faith Raju hirani is a example of former , Aamir and leela samson are that latter
Chirag Shah
I don't agree with this article..... Let me explain why. He says that films always focus on Hinduism and the bias associated with Hinduism...The author says that every religion can be equally criticized..........You say people are using Hinduism because most of them are "Good Boys" compared to other religions... That's true. If you make a film on Islam, your life is threatened and you might even get killed... So perhaps filmmakers choose religion, because the flaws of one religion is often equal or similar to the flaws of other religions. India is, by large, a Hindu a nation, but their are many other religions too...... If a film was to tackle every issue of every religion, it would be a very long film. Religion as a whole, is filled with flaws... But this is being told through the eye of one specific religion. Otherwise things would get too convoluted...... Perhaps the makers feel that the audience has the common sense to understand that by tackling the flaws of one religion, they are actually talking about religion as a whole... Not one specific religion. This shows a Corrupt Hindu priest.....By seeing this any person with common sense can see that this reflect the fact that their are corrupts religious figures in every religion. Many religions have HELL if you do bad and heaven if you do good, so the "Fear" element is relevant to all Religions..... But if you were to show this cinematically, by showcasing one religion after another, it wouldn't really be a film with a story.... All religions are filled with mythologies that can neither be proven or unproven.... At the core level, all religions are the same..... But through a story, you can obviously focus on just one religion.... And yes, Hinduism is the main target because it is the safest. But the main purpose is to spread a message and if doing so while showcasing Islam puts your life at risk, why wouldn't you choose Hinduism instead? As for Haider and showing the Indian Army in bad light, what one needs to understand is that the story was told from the perspective of the Kashmiri's.... Now we know, as people, that the Indian army is meant to be saluted, no doubt.... But since the film, from an creative perspective, was told from a Kashmiri perspective, we as an audience are shown what they see and they believe...... Do people actually not understand these things? A film follows a protagonist and the audiences is temporarily taken into the mind of the protagonist..... That is why when you go to see a film, watch the film from the perspective of the characters and the context of the story....
Debasis
My comments would not matter but still I would jot down what I feel. First, PK or Haider is about entertainment. Both should not be considered as THE moral for people of our country. And even if you are raising alarm for what was being shown in these movies, then why not discuss about movies where it is shown that a girl is being shouted at being cheap and all and where it is shown that the protagonist is shown stealing and getting away with the crime. Does not that make you concerned. In PK, it is being told that you definitely have faith in the almighty but do not follow blind practices or so called God men who extract money from people. Ok tell me something, how does the practice of providing fodder to a cow is related to one getting a job? I as a kid was taught to give fodder to the cow because it was hungry....but never did my parents told me to feed a cow to fulfill my materialistic needs. I would help a poor man because he needs to be helped but not because if I help him, I will achieve this kind of thing. I do not want to comment on other religion because I am not well aware of the practices but I being a Hindu, am proud of my religion but I am not so proud of people falling for some God men. I have seen people having no money to feed the family but they spend money in lighting a diya or offering milk or prasad in the temple. Logically, how practical is that. Has God asked you to offer prasad, can't you just go to the temple and pray and come back. Discussing about what is right and wrong will go on and we will never find a common solution. The whole and sole point here is what's right. Nobody is asking you to not have faith. But instead of trying to solve the problem, we should not be spending time in blind belief. Question things and get answers. God is one...everything that has a beginning has a creator. So if you want belief, faith then do have but do not force people to do what you are doing. Faith and Blind Faith are 2 different things, so please do not just follow something for the sake of following it. Reason it out and think before you say or do.
HS.Subbaramaiah
I like the movie as an entertainer. I enjoyed the jokes in the movie. There is nothing to learn from this movie as a morel of the Story. Many people made thousands of comments considering the aspect of Religion. In our secular India any body and every body has got a right to think in any fashion or in any manner they want under the acts of freedom of speech. Yes, Mr. PK in the movie is a confused person like a just growing up child who had to take instructions from not only from parents but ample number of family members who contradicts with each other. In any human means contradiction as each person thinks in his own way as long one thinks that he or she is as intellectual as other one in the Society. Each one has got his own faith and belief though he belongs to particular sect in the Society. That is why in our Republic India all rights were relaxed and freedom of speech was given. Once one become an adult or reaches the age of 18 years that one is considered as an intellect and eligible to all the rights under constitution of India. As each one has got the power of thinking each one understand and interprets the religion as he thinks and taught by another person who had understood the aspect of religion in his way. After all any religion today existing is not originated in this century. Any religion might have undergone many changes with time and practice by the people with periodic developments in particular nation. One thing is definite in this film which I Liked. The faith in God whatever shape he is if you keep on searching for him with devotion he would definitely come to one's rescue what ever the religion that one belong or not belong like an alien from other planet. This is ultimately proved by PK by constant search for God under the guidance or misguidance of several people he gets what the important thing he had lost in dessert of Rajasthan in a TV studio of New Delhi. The morel of the Story is which ever the religion one follows one should constantly search for God to get what that one is seeking. That is the perfect and ultimate knowledge which I call as Hinduism.
Prem
When I become a Hindu, everything against it will hurt me, when I become an Islam, everything against it will hurt me, and so on. But when I become just a human being I am being able to accept or reject things that I hear, see and experience according to mine as well as the whole’s righteousness. I think my eyes are better when I see everything in its maximum colour, I think my ears are better when I hear every kind of sounds. But my mind (inner consciousness) which is formed based on my education, experience and so many other factors, takes only that is good for me and store it for the betterment of my inner consciousness. My name, my dress, my food habits, so on and so forth, (a part of my culture) resembles close to one religion in India. Hence when I make any public comment, public will first evaluate me for who I am, based on my resemblance to that particular religion and then will evaluate my comment upon it. I don’t think any sensible human being can tell, even if he is proud of being part of any religion, that his religion is completely right and everything written or being practiced by his fellow religion men are completely right. Right and wrong is always shades of gray. It cannot be always a 1 or 0, on or off in electronic terms. Given that, I feel when I become just a human and approach these criticisms and praises, I am being able to accommodate both and if I wish I can take good from any religion and reject bad from any religion. I feel better when I take off all the dresses that the man-made cultures put on me. And in that perspective when I see mediator in PK I see him as a community which is there in all the religions. I don’t take him only as a priest of any one religion. Flip side: If at all the makers of those movies have had any such partisan approach of demeaning any particular religion, I take the approach of growing above all that and feel pity on them for their narrow mindedness.
Anilkumar Kurup
The thing I bow to about Ratan Sharda here is that true to what ancient Indian tradition is all about, he chose to be argumentative about the films in question and his view points than shout foul from the temple top and cry injustice, hurt and discriminated against. He like a Hindu chose not to blast others along with him to oblivion like many Islamist faithfuls do. His point has been conveyed and I respect him for that though I as a person born to Hindu parents felt no offence at these portrayals in PK. If PK was to show all religious Godmen along with the Sivaite shown in PK , Rajkumar Hirani would have ended up making a mega TV serial. The point has been conveyed and understood by millions- the grossing is the proof some 300 plus crores I guess. So the question of offence does not rise. Th point understood and acknowledged by all those who watched PK is that 1- All faiths have impostors and scoundrels in the grab of GOD men 2- God seems to be least bothered about the shenanigans be it Islamists, Hindu, Christian or Sikh 3- Religion has divided man and man has divided and cloistered GOd in his own ways. 4- All religions are means to make wealth and like politics they stink. This is the case with Islam, Christianity or Hindusism. Just look at the number of charlatans - Hindu God men being exposed day after day. Now we have a HIndu sympathetic Govt let them come out and flush the havala flow into Madrasas and Christian seats of power. Let the money laundering and unlawful exercises be exposed. What stops them??? Last , didn't Hindu power banish MF Hussein for his mischievous painting? More than the painting the mischief was in titling it after a Hindu Goddess. And finally do not hold this pastime of getting offended god is not offended did he or she say so?
Anilkumar Kurup
The thing I bow to about Ratan Sharda here is that true to what ancient Indian tradition is all about, he chose to be argumentative about the films in question and his view points than shout foul from the temple top and cry injustice, hurt and discriminated against. He like a Hindu chose not to blast others along with him to oblivion like many Islamist faithfuls do. His point has been conveyed and I respect him for that though I as a person born to Hindu parents felt no offence at these portrayals in PK. If PK was to show all religious Godmen along with the Sivaite shown in PK , Rajkumar Hirani would have ended up making a mega TV serial. The point has been conveyed and understood by millions- the grossing is the proof some 300 plus crores I guess. So the question of offence does not rise. Th point understood and acknowledged by all those who watched PK is that 1- All faiths have impostors and scoundrels in the grab of GOD men 2- God seems to be least bothered about the shenanigans be it Islamists, Hindu, Christian or Sikh 3- Religion has divided man and man has divided and cloistered GOd in his own ways. 4- All religions are means to make wealth and like politics they stink. This is the case with Islam, Christianity or Hindusism. Just look at the number of charlatans - Hindu God men being exposed day after day. Now we have a HIndu sympathetic Govt let them come out and flush the havala flow into Madrasas and Christian seats of power. Let the money laundering and unlawful exercises be exposed. What stops them??? Last , didn't Hindu power banish MF Hussein for his mischievous painting? More than the painting the mischief was in titling it after a Hindu Goddess.
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