Staff Correspondent

The Hollywood movie, they argue, lampoons Hinduism

Hindu group has met distributors urging them not to distribute/screen the movie

They have carried out a signature campaign, sent a copy to the State and Union Government

Madikeri: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, on Saturday demanded that the State Government and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly called the censor board, must halt the release of the Hollywood movie, “The Love Guru” in India and abroad.

Speaking to presspersons here, Ram Bhat, a member of the samiti, said the movie depicted the ancient ‘guru-disciple’ tradition of the country in poor light. Mr. Bhat argued that the release of the movie would hurt the religious sentiments of millions of Hindus in India and abroad.

The trailer being screened on television channels is enough evidence to show that the movie lampoons Hinduism and Hindus. Mr. Bhat said the samiti had met film distributors’ association in the State urging them not to distribute/screen the movie.

The samiti also held a signature campaign to protest the release of the movie. They met heads of maths and elected representatives seeking their support to urge the censor board from halting the release of the movie. In Kodagu district alone, 4,000 persons had signed. Mr. Bhat informed that the samiti had sent a copy of the same to the State Government through the Deputy Commissioner.

Mr. Bhat argued that in the present strife-torn world, only gurus can bring back peace and harmony. If the movie was screened, it would be a bad influence on the youth in particular and the society in general. As a result of the efforts of gurus like Sri Sri Sri Ravishankar and Baba Ramdev scores of foreigners were showing interest in learning more about Hinduism. When such is the case, the way Paramount Pictures in the U.S. had depicted Hindu culture was regrettable. So, the samiti would campaign to halt the release of the movie within the framework of Law, Mr. Bhat said.

On the same occasion, Mr. Bhat also said that permission of the State Government would be sought to offer puja in Shree Guru Datta Peetha in Bababudan Giri in Chikmagalur district and hundreds of devotees would offer puja on October 14.

Members of the samiti, N. Mohan Nayak, and others were present.