Originally posted by .anishaa.
Do you think it's okay to slightly satirize/poke fun at religion in mainstream cinema? Even if no harm/malice is intended?
What is your take on the portrayal of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai? Are you okay with it or do you object? I noticed that the song/video parallels two views...whenever Kajol and the grandma are shown, they are devoutly doing aarti or are immersed in the divinity of the song. But when SRK comes onto the screen, it's almost as if we're seeing the song from the viewpoint of an agnostic/atheist. The tone of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram is altered in such a way that it sounds mocking, and the hippie-style outfits of the singers make it seem that the writers wanted to make the bhajan/kirtan a subject of humor...
It's not ok to poke fun at religion because it may hurt people. it is similar to this very forum where there was a big debate on a how much of freedom of speech is allowed.
We have the freedom to say whatever we like as long as our views don't hurt other's feelings. The feeling of hurt may cause retaliation and bashing and that's when the moderators have to step in.
Same way a song can be made the way the music director likes...well...it's after all music...he played Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram with a guitar and modern instruments in the background and to be frank if I take away the 'hippies on the truck' scene from it, the song actually sounds good to me. The visuals were sort of mocking the song...but did that song cause fights and communal riots? No. People felt bad, but no one filed a PIL and asked the censor board to remove that song.
I remember there was a song in the 1990s...some Sajnay Dutt song which said 'Ya Mustafa'...something...and that song was banned because it hurt people's sentiments and they filed a PIL.
If people had protested openly about Raghupati Raghav in KKHH at the time the movie was released, maybe we could have seen something being done about it. If the song didn't cause disharmony, why should someone step in and stop it?
About the character dheeela, let me first clarify that I am a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna.
The song says 'when Krishna does Ras Leela no one complains but when I do it, I am labelled a loose character'. If you can step out and think impartially, the line is sort of valid. It's how you interpret it.
Salman Khan in this case is trying to say it's not fair to label him a loose character. Not saying that Krishna is a loose character. We all pray to Lord Krishna and HE doing Ras Leela doesn't stop us from praying to HIm. What Lord Krishna does in His personal life is not our concern. Same way Salman Khan says that even his personal life shouldn't be talked about...and people shouldn't judge his character on the basis of his personal life or how many girlfriends he has...and that's true.
I am not justifying anything...just my views...I may not like a song or its lyrics, but I don't let a silly song affect me so badly. If people start filing PILs for every song that comes out, we'll not have any movies at all. Also Hinduism is very tolerant in such matters. Unless it goes to the extremes, no one really complains...minor digs at mythological characters are often ignored. (NOM to anyone...if anyone is hurt, I will delete my post)
Originally posted by Vedo
How often in films do we see devotees of Shivji all high on bhang and making utter fools of themselves?! And how many real devotees behave like this?
Sorry to say this...but I have seen this. There's this Bonalu thing in Hyd where there's a guy dancing and beating people with a whip...he's called Potharaju and Goddess Kali is supposed to possess him at that time.
The man who becomes the Potharaju drinks and dances. My maid who stays next to the Potharaju's house says that unless he drinks he doesn't get the 'energy' or whatever...so they drink
. Some people consume alcohol in the name of God. It's sad...but true.
Edited by visrom - 13 September 2012 at 11:18pm