Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bollywood goes..... Hitler?!

There is nothing wrong with doing a film about Hitler's last days; however, in Bollywood, a film is raising a few eyebrows: Dear Friend, Hitler. The title comes from two letters that Ghandi wrote to Hitler:
The first letter requested Hitler to stop the war while the second posed to him the unique preachers of non violence. He wrote that we seek to convert our enemies not defeat them on the battlefield.

According to the news feed from Time magazine (click here) the film, according to it's director Rakesh Ranjan Kumar:
"[The film is focusing on] Hitler’s love for India and how he indirectly contributed to Indian independence. … It aims to capture the personality of Adolf Hitler and his insecurities, his charisma and his paranoia during the last few days of his life."

According to Nalin Singh, one of the writers of the script, claims the movie will be about the contrasting ideologies of Hitler's violence and Ghandi's non-violence (see full article here).

There is something terribly wrong with Bollywood. India's Jewish community is outraged:
"Whoever is making this film is doing so with ignorant, if not more sinister motives," Jonathan Solomon, the chairman of the Indian Jewish Federation, told Reuters, adding, "They are hurting the feelings of a community that has suffered a great deal." (Source)

As of right now, the star of the film, Anupam Kher, withdrew from the project, saying:
"I wish to withdraw from the film because it is creating ill feelings among my fans and I respect their sentiments. I was never affected by commercial considerations but social opinions always matter to me." (Source)

If anyone knows the production company, write to me at and I'll put up the information so the production company in Bollywood knows how the world feels about this film.

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