The Movie Controversy - Da Vinci Code

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Dr. Vishaal Bhat 0 Comments

THE four words that every person muttered during the last four days were ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Hats off to the author of the book, Dan Brown, for his extraordinary work in literature. The novel is a work of fiction, but undoubtedly is very well written. The work of Ron Howard and Tom Hanks in the movie is quite good. But why was there so much noise on this fiction movie?

This film would have come to the theatres and multiplexes and gone like most of the other films. But because of these protests the film is getting unwanted attention and its marketing is also getting the advantage. Christianity is regarded as one of the most tolerant religions. We had reports from places saying that a man would fast unto death and there will be heavy protests at the places were the film will be screened. Why this intolerance?

Mr Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, the Information and Broadcasting Minister saw the film with other Christian leaders and the solution they came up with was showing the film with a disclaimer. A few months ago, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, the Defence Minister saw ‘Rang De Basanti’. If all of the ministers keep watching movies then who will govern the country and what is the censor board made for?

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