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Why Vandalism Of Aamir’s Film

Updated: January 17, 2015 6:50 am

The latest film PK has led to Bajrang Dal volunteers not only protest but vandalise, their ire is at the depiction of Hinduism. The film described as Indian comedy-drama film has been directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Siddharth Roy Kapur, and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi. The film stars Aamir Khan in the title role, with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla and Sanjay Dutt in supporting roles. Aamir Khan’s character as PK is inspired from a real life character Abraham Kovoor. Hirani had stated that the film would be a satire on “God and godmen”. In this case God is a Hindu and so are Godmen. The Censor Board passed it, without worrying that religious sensibilities in India are easily hurt. Earlier writers, painters, film makers, poets were conscious that nothing should be written, commented upon or done which would hurt Muslim sentiment.

This is why possibly PK is a satire on Hindu Gods and Godmen, the makers of PK did not touch on mullahs and maulvis. But the times have changed. Organisations like VHP and Bajrang Dal have spawned and they self-arrogated upon themselves the responsibility of defending the Hindu faith. Most Hindus have been upset and embarrassed at their forms of protests whenever they decide that Hindu religion has been defamed. In the film PK discovers that a godman, Tapasvi Maharaj (Saurabh Shukla), has his remote. However, Tapasvi falsely claims to have attained the object from God in the Himalayas and refuses to return it to PK. Bewildered, PK concludes that Tapasvi and other religious heads must be calling a “wrong number” to God and, as a result, spread.

A Public Interest Litigation has been filed against PK including its actor and director for Anti-Hindu dialogues used in the film. The PIL states that “the producer, the director and entire star cast of the movie have made fun of the Hindu religion by misusing the freedom of expression…”

Bajrang Dal has had every right to protest but its volunteers cannot take law in their hands and indulge in violence. A peaceful protest would have been in sync with the ideals of Hinduism. The fact is that such violence show intolerance and pettiness which is not in the culture of Hinduism. And it does not need such volunteers to defend it. A film can hardly threaten the Hindu religion. Many middle class members did murmur that PK has been unfair in showing sadhus and the blind Hindu faith and that it could have been balanced. The fact is that Hinduism, like any other faith, cannot be destroyed or defamed by humans.

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