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Dreamworks Animation's recently announced MONKEYS OF BOLLYWOOD has already found controversy

Hey folks, Harry here...  There was a recent announcement from Dreamworks Animation that the studio, known primarily as a pop culture generating irreverent animation, well they announced they'd take a Holy Scripture of the Hindu faith called RAMAYAN and adapt it into, "MONKEYS OF BOLLYWOOD."   Personally, when I heard this, I instantly thought of the brilliant animated adaptation of this, SITA SINGS THE BLUES - by Nina Paley which you can see for free there at her website, and seriously... it is AWESOME.  Owning that on BluRay is one of my prizes.  It's like an awesome psychedelic Betty Boop cartoon telling the story of Rama and Sita - intermingling music, Nina's own life and that holy story.   So I instantly saw the worth that DREAMWORKS ANIMATION head, Jeffrey Katzenberg saw in it.   And I'm positive their take is going to be a far more accessible animated version.   BUT...  When a lone, inspired & brilliant animator takes on that story, it's one thing.   When the company behind SHREK says they're adapting your holy story of RAMAYAN into a film called, "MONKEYS OF BOLLYWOOD" - guess what happens?   Hindus take notice and become concerned.  

Imagine if DREAMWORKS ANIMATION was going to adapt a Western HOLY SCRIPTURE...  oh...  like say the story of Moses, but instead of making PRINCE OF EGYPT, they called it FROGS & BOILS?  That's kinda what's happening here in some eyes.  I've got the utmost confidence in what DREAMWORKS ANIMATION is doing though...  They've hired the brilliant composer of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (which had its share of problems and insensitivity issues brought against it), Lyricist Stephen Schwartz is coming on board, along with the producing team of Gurinder Chadha & Paul Berges (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM) to help work on what will be the studio's first Animated Musical in the CG Animated arena - DREAMWORKS ANIMATION did do some  2D animated musicals.  BUT - they're going to have to tread carefully - as their largest possibly film market for this film...  well, it is their religion - and I just received the following Press Release urging for care in this adaptation.  It will certainly be an interesting tightrope that DREAMWORKS ANIMATION will travel, but I'm positive Katzenberg is already reaching out to the BILLION strong community of worshippers.   I mean, right?

 

 

 

 

 

Hindus concerned about DreamWorks’ “Monkeys of Bollywood”

 

 

Expressing concern at the recently announced animated musical “Monkeys of Bollywood”, Hindus have urged its proposed maker DreamWorks Animation to be careful in handling Hindu concepts and terminology.

 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that since the reported movie announcement claimed it to be “inspired” by timeless epic Ramayan and Ramayan being a highly revered scripture of Hinduism, film should stay true to the story and the spirit of Ramayan. Insensitive handling of faith traditions sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees.

 

With seasoned and skillful professionals at the helm, we did not expect any problem, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said and added that they were just urging for more sensitivity towards faith traditions. If DreamWorks Animation or their associates in this film needed any expertise on Hinduism related issues, he or other Hindu scholars would gladly provide the resources, Zed added.

 

Hindus welcomed Hollywood/Bollywood to immerse in Hinduism, but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols for mercantile greed. Hollywood/Bollywood were welcome to make movies about Ramayan but the final product should be the true depiction of it and not a fantasized or a re-imagined version, Rajan Zed pointed out.

 

Zed argued that changing Ramayan to fit the Hollywood/Bollywood machine was likely to hurt the Hindu sentiment as Ramayan was an integral part of Hinduism and was held in such reverence that Hindus believed that simply reading/hearing of it showered blessings upon the reader/listener. Ram, the hero of Ramayan, was incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and was worshipped by Hindus.

 

Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. No faith, larger or smaller, should be plundered, Rajan Zed adds.

 

This is said to be the first feature musical for DreamWorks. Directors Paul Mayeda Berges (What’s Cooking) and Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), lyricist Stephen Schwartz and Oscar winner composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) have reportedly teamed on Bollywood-style “Monkeys of Bollywood”, which reportedly revolves around two monkeys. DreamWorks chief creative officer Bill Damaschke and development executive Chris Kuser will reportedly oversee it.

 

Ramayan, an ancient Sanskrit scripture that consists of 24,000 stanzas, explores various themes, including human existence, concept of dharma, etc.

 

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  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Hindus concerned regarding the Dreamworks Animated adaptation of RAMAYAN into MONKEYS OF BOLLYWOOD? Like we didn't see this coming...

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    First.

    by Grasscutter

    Despite.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Religion and AICN always mix well

    by Monkey Butler

    This TB should be interesting...

  • almond m&m's...they haven't come out in those bigass costco bags yet, but God is just waiting for us to be better as an entire species, then I'm sure he'll motivate the midichlorians in the Mars Candy exequtives to make bigass bags of almond m&m's available not only at costco, but everywhere.

  • It has a lot of "evidence" backing up why this partiqular Oakland, CA internet Christian station (who I'm assuming is behind the guy that gave me the packet of pamphlets) why Skynet will kill most of mankind on May 21st, uh I mean, why the rapture will happen in late May. If it happens, well then I guess I'll be seeing The Dark Knight Rises with Heath Ledger as the Joker a little sooner than I expeqted.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    This is a bad, bad idea

    by Bobo_Vision

    Not just because of the religious insensitivity...but the cultural one. They are basically taking Indian culture, because it's all the rave with people eating up Slumdog Millionaire and all things Bollywood, and with flaky white women turning to eastern philosophy and yoga to escape their catholic, white trash upbringing to appear spiritual and enlightened....and they are pillaging Indian culture for a profit. It's an idiotic idea....and is sure to be full of offensive stereotypes.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Time for another fact-finding mission

    by Kamaji

    Dreamworks went nuts trying to over-analyze everything about The Exodus to try and not tick off numerous persons of faith. If they want to proceed here, time to dig into the research enough to put a disclaimer before the film stating how they went to great lengths to be as PC as possible.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Stupid title from Dreamworks

    by Bourne Again

    Of course Dreamworks could've picked a better title. Hindus will not have a problem if the story is well told with sensitivity and no stereotypes please. One thing that is missing in article is, this Rajan Zed guy irritates a lot of people since he's a self-proclaimed Hindu spokesperson. No body appointed him to that position and lots of Hindus are pissed with him for jumping into each and every issue and speaking on behalf of all of them. I hope he just leaves us all alone but he won't :-/

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    YEAH, I'D BE AFRAID SOMEONE WOULD COME AFTER ME...

    by JonChambers

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Won't matter a shit. Hindus are like any other religion.

    by V'Shael

    They won't react rationally. I remember back in the day when the Xena series featured Hindu dieties. Respectfully, even, considering Xena used to spend her time kicking the shit out of the Greek gods. The Hindus went apeshit. The episode was banned for a while. Might still be, actually.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    as someone raised a hindu, and studying philosophy

    by iwontwin

    particularly the philosophy of aesthetics....i'm not sure hindu mythology should be lampooned before it is actually given a serious treatment. I've always thought that someone like terrance malick, darren aranofsky could create a deep, intriguing Ramayana, which deals with issues of dharma, family, betrayal, suspicion, lust, politics etc.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    The difference...

    by Abhimanyu

    between this and Norse/Greek/Roman riffing, is that this is a 'live' religion, which -however 'fantasy/myth' it may seem like to everyone else- still performs as holy text and scripture for a lot of people. It isn't just like taking the story of Moses, it is like an animated, musical life of Jesus starring the penguins from Madagascar, set in Hollywood. Which could be great on many levels, but could easily be horrible. Add to that the psuedo-racist connotations of 'monkeys' and more, it is a potential minefield to be sure. Not to say that an epic cannot be treated with a light touch, so I don't agree with 'should only be reverent' spiel - but much of what that would require (A Life of Brian take!) would mean it would be way too esoteric - you would need to know details to know the specifics of the spoof rather than laugh -say- at funny accents alone.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    sita sings the blues is kind of torturous for me

    by iwontwin

    I hate listening to the indian people discuss ramayana....they seem very impertinent, and smug. They remind me of my indian parents!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST

    My 2 cents

    by Zegna777

    Hinduism is the oldest living religion in the world, stemming some 4000 - 6000 years, making it therefore the most successful. One could argue that Christianity and Islam have more followers, thus making them more successful. However considering that Hinduism is a peaceful religion and converting or conquering non Hindus goes against what it stands for, it's size is remarkable. In addition, taking into consideration that one in every six persons on this planet is an Indian, most likely Hindu, one should not unnecessarily offend this demographic. It just bad business, let alone disrespectful to their believes.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Om Namah Shivaya!

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Om Namah Shivaya! Om Namah Shivaya! Om Namah Shivaya! Om Namah Shivaya! Om Namah Shivaya! Om Namah Shivaya! Om Namah Shivaya!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Music

    by Zegna777

    I guess Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston will be doing a duet again... Bollywood style!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    darth kong - about that alien movie

    by tonguestubble

    IT"S ALREADY BEING MADE - scripts have been written, concepts have been drawn so all you have to do is wait and see the finished thing....

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    that title

    by mcavity

    Sita sings the blues is great and I have enjoyed watching it several times.. but "Monkeys of Bollywood" is a horrific title. There is no respect of the material in that title. ps. I like the metropolis animation.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Monkeys in Mecca

    by Megaforce

    Dreamworks writes a story based on Islamic stories...no thought not...good thing Hollywood treats Hindus as soft targets...Don't you know they are all call centre workers/child labourers/taxi drivers?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Actually, this could work...

    by StoryFirst

    So long as they treat the story well - and possibly work with Hindu leaders (which will be rather impossible because 'Hinduism' consists of multiple groups all worshipping in different ways, you will never please everyone)...but...the basic story....dammit, it may actually work Jim.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    instead of making PRINCE OF EGYPT, they called it FROGS & BOILS?

    by maxjohnson1971

    I would laugh my ass off!! That's what would happen. Remember LIfe of Brian? How about the cartoon showing Muhammad that started all those riots and death threats? Salman Rushdie still in hiding? "Wah, they offended me and my religious beliefs. Now we gotta kill them." Fucking hypocrites. Everything is up for grabs and can be made fun of, INCLUDING everyones religion. And "...the final product should be the true depiction of it and not a fantasized or a re-imagined version, Rajan Zed pointed out." Hey Rajan, let me clue you in on something. IT'S ALREADY FANTASIZED!!! I honestly can't believe that people of any faith actually believe that what is written in the books they follow REALLY happened. They laugh at the Greeks or Romans or the Scientologists or anyone else, but ask them if they believe, oh, say, a man turned a stick into a snake or water into wine, and you get the most honest look ever and a "Yes, I believe that." Please. Give me a fucking break. Bring on Frogs and Boils as far as I'm concerned.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST

    And bring on "Muhammad goes Bananas"

    by maxjohnson1971

    But I think that has already happened. Fucking religion of peace my ass.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Bollywood makes Jesus film: "Hippies in Hollywood"

    by Megaforce

    Based on events in the Bible.... Spokesman from the Christian Church gets offended....

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    "I got a bad feeling about this..."

    by tiggr009

    But, why do it anyway? Unless it's lampooned the mainstream, Shrek-loving audience won't even bother so who are they going to target? Do you think a billion Indians will line up to hear Eddie Murphy voice Brahman?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Dreamworks should juxtapose it with a christian one

    by tiggr009

    where Jesus is an action hero with zany, god-like powers and an unparalleled holy wit. His one-liners would be biblical, "You've just been Raptured!"

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Ramayan Script

    by pradeep1980

    I have written a 120 page Ramayan script - the ramayan has many different versions not only around India but Asia too. Taking this into account along with the scope of the epic and the many themes incorporated it took me 2 years on and off to complete. I wrote this as a hobby and am very proud of my finished effort. If anyone would like to read a sample please respond to this talk back.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Film "Battle Pope" already!

    by Johnny Wishbone

    You know a film of that comic would make shit loads of cash. Come on!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Its all fiction

    by claxdog

    Lets make a Cain and able action flick. It could be like lethal weapon set in the bronze age.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Jesus vs Zombies...

    by StoryFirst

    Now there's a comic adaptation that just HAS to be made...

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Oh imagine what would happen if they did this...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...adapted the Koran into an animated musical called "Jihad Willikers!" The car bombs would be going off like clockwork.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    The Greeks should've complained about Clash of the Titans...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...but no one could find a 2500-year-old Greek to be the spokesman.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    How about you adapt the Jewish religious texts and call it...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Torah! Torah! Torah! (Are we allowed to make jokes about jewish culture or is it still off limits?)

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    At least the message is "Hey, be careful" and not...

    by rockhpi

    "We will kill everyone involved and the streets will run red with the blood of the infidels", and so on.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Two words: George Mutha truckin' Allen

    by Kent_Didlio

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Allen_%28U.S._politician%29#.22Macaca.22_controversy

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I had trouble understanding those sentences.

    by jasvll

    It's true.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it's not just the concept of what they want to do....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...it's that juxtaposed with that freakin' title. The title itself sounds offensive...and doesn't sound like this film is being done with a lot of sensitivity. What does Bollywood have to do with the Ramayana? Nothing, but one of the suits probably said, 'Hey, Bollywood's hot right now! Put that in the title!' <p> It's like if Bollywood did a film about the life of Jesus called "The Pigs of Hollywood" and all the main characters are played by pigs and other barnyard animals found in America.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Hindu's need to chillax

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Stop getting so offended by everything, you don't wanna get a reputation like the Muslims have do you? Also Catholics can chill out too over the whole gay thing. It's just people loving people, let it be That is all

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Did anyone else read the title and thought DW would

    by Quadrillionaire

    portray Indians as actual monkeys?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Notice they pick a religion where folks don't blow stuff up

    by impossibledreamers

    Hey Dreamscape... try that one with the Koran!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    With a title like that I can see why Hindus would be upset

    by Johnno

    If you're going to adapt Ramayana, why not just call it Ramayana? Oh right... DW's is probably just going to turn it into some comedy with singing and dancing Bollywood numbers in modern day. So sort of a recreation of the events of Ramayana in modern day India, except with Monkeys. And they didn't think it'd be offensive? Granted Hindus are a bit more liberal about their religion than others, but honestly, this is just bone headed on Dreamworks part. Why not just drop the Ramayana thing and make a movie about monkeys in Bollywood that parody famous Bollywood movie plots and thropes instead? That'd be far more entertaining and will be a hit in India. Though perhaps the rest of the world will be a bit lost if they're unfamiliar with Hindi films, but I'm sure Dreamworks will squeeze in a few Western pop culture references to satisfy the hordes and there'll be plenty of monkeys slinging shit at each other. I'm sure that's the level of entertainment that the anti-religious hip athiest crowd on AICN absolutely adores when they're not too busy convincing themselves about how bright they are like the monkies they believe they descended from. Seems the shit slinging hasn't been naturally selected out from their system yet, it just comes out from the other end now.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    @Johnno A comment about your comment #makesnogoddamnsense

    by Kent_Didlio

    Just help me understand-- you are making a point that the Hindi culture will be upset by the title of this shit-sandwic- er- Spielberg produced movie...and the only way to rectify this problem is to "make a movie about monkeys in Bollywood that parody famous Bollywood movie plots and thropes instead". Yeah. That makes way more sense and is waaay less offensive.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    "First feature musical for Dreamworks"? Bullshit.

    by D.Vader

    What was "Prince of Egypt" then? Just a regular movie where characters routinely broke into song and dance?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I despise Bill Maher

    by SmokingRobot

    He's a nasty, stupid, prick. But his move 'Religulous' was actually pretty good. Yes, we have to stop 'respecting' religion. But we need a better strategy to do it with than he, or any of his ilk have come up with.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by Juggernaut125

    "First 3D animated musical."

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    how can this be a serious adaptation?

    by movieManiac

    when the title is called "Monkeys of Bollywood"? WTF? So now India is referred to as Bollywood? I welcome a sensitively made version of Ramayana, because it is an amazing story (Mahabharata is way more complex and interesting though), but I don't know if Dreamworks is setting the right tone for this.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    "and they are pillaging Indian culture for a profit."

    by jack black

    Like they did in the 60s?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I don't know where your confidence in Dreamworks comes from?

    by D o o d

    The only decent thing they've done is How To Train Your Dragon! Apart from that there stuff is just so boring and plain! They do need to tread carefully if they are going to try to make a musical of someone's faith. It has TURKEY written all over this one!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    KFPanda was great too

    by jack black

    even better that WALL-E

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    All they need to do is change the name.

    by Obscura

    Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon are great movies with really awful names.... so chances are this movie could be decent.... BUT, change the damn name, honestly, thats just insulting. you may as well say you're going to do a movie based on Abraham Lincoln and call it Donkeys Of Hollywood. it makes no sense and it just sounds insulting.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    This will be great!

    by daggor

    It'll star all of our favorite Indian actors like... that one guy from "Community." And... the chick from "The Office," I guess. I don't really like her, but... uh... the guy on "Big Bang?" Come on, there HAS to be a star here... Hollywood has been shoving tokens down our throats left & right. Uh... "Raj" on "Entourage?" The guy that keeps walking into Alec Baldwin's office on "30 Rock?" The new woman on SNL? Oh. Wait. She hasn't done anything funny. But It'll come, everybody. She'll be funny... sometime. She has to be. That's why she's on the show, right? Right...?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Please, not the Shrek team.

    by Meinert Hansen

    Dean DeBlois or Mark Osborne are the only guys at Dreamworks who can do this some justice. If Katzenberg gets his stinking paws all over this, it will be tired pop-culture references and horrible design-by-comittee like Shrek. Katzenberg has gone on record as saying that he refuses to have a single director the way Pixar does because it's "harder to control" when you have one visionary in charge like, say, Brad Bird. Wow, Mr. Katzenberg, look at Pixar's horrible track record. <p> Sita Sings the Blues told this story in a wonderful way, and Sanjay Patel's Ramayana: Divine Loophole would be the perfect illustrated book to adapt to a film. Just by calling this "Monkeys of Bollywood" you know that it's already in trouble.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Mola Ram Sudaram.

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    Mola Ram Sudaram.Mola Ram Sudaram.Mola Ram Sudaram.Mola Ram Sudaram.Mola Ram Sudaram.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    "Sita Sings The Blues" is fannnntastic

    by FeralAngel

    Wonderful wonderful wonderful movie. Hard to believe it's an independent, one-person production. Nina Paley is brilliant. As for the Bollywood film...I have a low threshold when it comes to monkeys. Frankly I hate the fuzzy little buggers. Screeching and spazzing and throwing poo. Not my fave animal. So I don't know about this movie. Will wait to see the trailer. It'll have to be pretty amazing to even touch Sita, though.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    all hail Ganesh!

    by magnetoelectric

    If theres not an Elephant character with multiple limbs I'll be disappointed

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    hindus and muslims can just fuck off..

    by alienindisguise

    with their incessant crybaby ways. Most of those tards can't even read to begin with and if they did they'd realize their scriptures are total bullshit.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Harry's zero posts

    by darth_hideous

    are more annoying than "First" posts. They have about the same level of content

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Veggietales

    by levithegreat

    Not sure if I fully understand the controversy but is this any worse than Veggietales could be perceived?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Zeroposts

    by levithegreat

    They don;t bother me per se, but the 1st posts necer did either. I juts didn't pay attention to them. However they don't seem to have what I assume is the intended effect because now the 1st person after Harry is 1st.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    levitthegreat Re: veggietales

    by Bobo_Vision

    The creators of veggietales were Christians using those cartoons to try to indoctrinate kids with Christian values....so if anything, non-Christians should have a bigger problem with their kids watching Veggietales than Christians. The veggietales creators clearly had reverence for the source material and were using cartoons as their brainwashing tool.....so to speak.... <p> The creators in this case aren't Hindu or Indian, and are exploiting a culture and religion to make money and cash in while the Bollywood fad is still hot, and because religious epics tend have the potential to make cash, too....yet their respect for that source is questionable, and as for wanting to convey Hindu or Indian values to the audience....doubtful....

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Ha!

    by Keats

    Religion. Face it people, we will all be erased from existence forever as soon as our fragile, decaying life support systems are no longer able keep our neurons firing. Quit deluding yourselves and deal with reality.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Hmmm....

    by Coordinate_System

    If there really is an afterlife, some of you folks are going to be rather embarrassed. Seriously though, why knock other people's belief in God(s) or an afterlife? Choosing to not believe in such things is itself a belief (system), as one cannot prove either one. On the other hand, if you're concerned about the Evil people do to each other in the name of the Divine, then, you have a point. But, I believe that is a consequence of the Free Will granted to humans by the Creator. Humans can chose to do the wrong thing (or be mistaken as what constitutes the right thing). I do not believe such things (violence, oppression, witch hunts, killing, ethnic cleansing, genocide, etc) are sanctioned by God. Rather, quite the opposite: one should choose to practice the Golden Rule (and by extension, the Silver Rule, also). As Mr. Pacino once put it: "Free will, it is a bitch." My 2 cents.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Muhammad Wuvs Aisha: A Romantic Comedy Musical

    by Chief Joseph

  • That's when we really needed them to object! Seriously though.. I was tired of this political correctness bullshit at it's inception in the early 90s. Now, it's more than just really annoying as it was then, it's dictating every policy and decision made. Some jerk-off or some segments of the population are looking to be offended... just to get attention or a semblance of authority over someone else. It's only a story if it's given legitimacy. The media needs to quit giving attention to the fringe... much like we need to ignore the pseudo-intellectual habitual contrarist jerk-offs on here that seem to think consistently dumping on that which appeals to more than just a few gives them the illusion of being more intelligent, wise, experienced and cultured than the others. "Hey, the Dark Knight was great!" "Meh. It wasn't that great... I thought it was pretty multiplex average at best. Unbearable Lightness of Being, now that's what a film should aspire to!" sigh... douchebags. Get your ass back to Starbucks and do that thing where you look like you're doing something 'profound' on your laptop as you sip your coffee ... then look around to see if anyone's paying attention to you. Fake pompous posturing does not equal intelligence. Oh, by the way, only utter douchebags use "meh".

  • Westerners have some stupid notion of believing in their own stereotypes. Indians are some the most radical extremists people on the planet. They are not a bunch of peace-loving Gandhis. BTW, Gandhi loved having sex with children and hated black Africans. Anybody see Penn & Teller's Bullsh*t? The only difference between Hindu extremists and Muslim extremists is there are more of the Hindu kind. So if Muslim extremists are sensitive about how their religion is portrayed, wait until you start messing with Hindus.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Sith Angel...

    by HellKing

    It was Sri Lanka!

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    "wait until you start messing with Hindus"

    by Bobo_Vision

    Some of you guys should talk to people outside of talkbacks....and see if people take you seriously or laugh when you talk....

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    hellking yeah and the reverend MLK had fucked lots

    by jack black

    of women and didnt allow gay people to join the civil rights movement.your point?

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    This is pretty much what's wrong with people...

    by Anna Valerious

    No one makes a big fuss about how a negative stereotype of Christians are presented in "Easy A", yet this happens. I do not wish to subscribe to ANY negative stereotypes, and I'm saddened to see so many bought into this. So you'd rather cheer for a girl who lies because her friend is too chickenshit to come out as being gay (Even though it's SoCal, and I don't think anyone would make a big fucking deal) and she lies about being a slut when she's not. Sorry, but maybe a modern day "Scarlet Letter" deserved better. No, I agree with them, I wouldn't feel comfortable if they did that with a bible story, but maybe they should just make an original story for this one and not touch this.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

    by blackwood

    Best religious musical ever. GODSPELL is okay, too. Both told their stories with deep respect for the source material but also a canny understanding of how to translate it into entertaining spectacle. MONKEYS OF BOLLYWOOD is a terrible title. It's not the right foot to start off on. But, who knows. PRINCE OF EGYPT was pretty good.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by Smack_Teddy

    what bobo_vision says

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    It does kent_didlio

    by Johnno

    See, one type of movie has the potential to trample over the religious beliefs of an entire nation of people, whereas the other type of movie can poke fun at Bollywood itself without getting into any really touchy subject matter. In fact Indian movies already go to lengths to make fun of themselves and parodying Hollywood films. I don't see any reason why anyone would be upset over a cartoon with references to Indian culture.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    It seems to me

    by Coordinate_System

    that not going out of one's way to belittle the beliefs of others isn't being PC, its just good manners. BTW, if only "douchebags" use the word "meh", what kind of person uses the word "douchebag"?* Just curious. *(outside of the context of asking this question, that is)

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    The amish are people too......

    by Gorilla_balls

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Yes gb, but...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...they don't watch movies.