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Oppenheimer: Bhagavad Gita Mentioned During Sex Scene, Anurag Thakur Demands Cut

While Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer got rave reviews and packed theaters, an intimate scene in the film featuring a copy of the Bhagavad Gita has sparked fury in India.

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Cillian Murphy in a still from Oppenheimer. (Image: Screengrab from YouTube)

CHRISTOPHER Nolan’s latest film, Oppenheimer has been marred into controversy amongst the Indian audiences. The film released theatrically on July 21, 2023 and has received an overwhelming response from the critics and global audiences.

However, an intimate scene in the film featuring a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, considered a holy scripture by the Hindus, has sparked major controversy on social media. The scene in the film shows a woman making a man read Bhagwad Geeta aloud while getting over him and doing sexual intercourse.

According to reports, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur has pulled up the censor board and questioned how it passed the certification body’s filters. The minister has also reportedly asked for the scene to be deleted from the movie. Official sources have revealed that action could be initiated against those who are seen as responsible for clearing the ‘objectionable’ scene.

Uday Mahurkar, Information Commissioner with the government of India, took to his Twitter account and called the scene “a scathing attack on Hinduism.” In a notice by his foundation ‘Save Culture Save India Foundation’, the minster wrote about being ‘perplexed’ over how the scene was cleared by the CBFC. 

“As observed by Union I & B Minister Anurag Thakur ji recently and even courts in last couple of years, the entertainment we get is insensitive to the cultural and moral sentiments of masses. Masses are forced to remain helpless recipients of repeated attacks on their foundational values as content-makers get free hand to spend millions in making and promoting morally inappropriate, even disgusting stuff , in name of creativity. There is already a growing dissatisfaction against this,” the minister wrote in his tweet.

He further added, “The Foundation urges, on behalf of the public of this nation and timeless tradition of lives being transformed by revered Geeta, the I & B Ministry to do all that is needed to uphold dignity of the revered holy book of the Hindus, punish those involved and setting processes in place that such things do not happen in future.”

Oppenheimer marks Christopher Nolan’s first film to have an R-rating. In India, the film was given a U/A rating by the CBFC after the studio cut some shots of the sex scene to reduce its length.

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