OPPENHEIMER has sparked fury in India after a sacred Hindu verse was recited throughout a sex scene in the blockbuster movie.
With a forged together with Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh and Gary Oldman, the biopic delves into the political and sexual intrigue across the “father of the atomic bomb”.
In one scene, American scientist J Robert Oppenheimer recited a well-known line from the Bhagwad Geeta after having sex with Jean Tatlock.
“Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” he learn out, a phrase the physicist reportedly recalled when the primary atomic bomb he invented was detonated on July 16, 1945.
However, the scene has sparked outrage from officers in India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
Uday Mahurkar, an Indian journalist and senior official on the authorities’s Central Information Commission, labelled it “a scathing attack on Hinduism.”
In an open letter to director Christopher Nolan on Twitter, he wrote: “As per social media reviews, a scene in the film reveals a girl makes a person learn Bhagwad Geeta aloud whereas getting over him and doing sexual activity.
“She is holding Bhagwad Geeta in one hand, and the opposite arms appears to be adjusting the place of their reproductive organs.
“The Bhagwad Geeta is likely one of the most revered scriptures of Hinduism.
“Geeta has been the inspiration for numerous sanyasis, brahmcharis and legends who dwell a lifetime of self-control and carry out selfless noble deeds.
“We have no idea the motivation and logic behind this pointless scene on lifetime of a scientist.
“But this is a direct assault on religious beliefs of a billion tolerant Hindus, rather it amounts to waging a war on the Hindu community and almost appears to be part of a larger conspiracy by anti-Hindu forces.”
“We are living in a very polarised world,” he continued.
“We urge, on behalf of billion Hindus and timeless custom of lives being remodeled by revered Geeta, to do all that’s wanted to uphold dignity of their revered ebook and take away this scene out of your movie throughout world.
“Should you choose to ignore this appeal it would be deemed as a deliberate assault on Indian civilisation.”
Hashtags equivalent to #BoycottOppenheimer and #RespectHinduCulture have been trending on Twitter.
“This should be investigated… on an urgent basis and those involved should be severely punished,” the nationalist Save Culture Save India Foundation mentioned.
Oppenheimer was launched in the United States and the UK final week and has been garnering rave opinions for its actors.