Paramount goes back on its word to Hindus about “The Love Guru”

June 7th, 2008 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, June 7 (ANI): Paramount Pictures, presenters of upcoming Hollywood movie “The Love Guru”, has apparently gone back on its promise to pre-screen the movie for Hindu leaders.

This has further agitated the protesting Hindus who have now vowed to intensify their campaign against the movie.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu leader, who spearheaded this drive, has been saying that the information available on the movie appears to be lampooning Hinduism and Hindus.

Jessica Rovins, Senior Vice President National Publicity of Paramount Pictures, in a communique to Rajan Zed in March said, “It is our full intention to screen the film for Rajan Zed and other Hindu leaders in the U.S. once we have a finished print.”

Hindu groups have been repeating the same statement in the media since then without any denial or contradictory statement from Paramount, thus concluding that Paramount was going to stand by its words.

Attempts by Hindu groups to reach Paramount executives during the last few weeks have been futile, as Rovins and her boss Executive Vice President Michael Vollman have not returned the communiques of Hindu leaders.

Prominent Indo-American leader Rajan Zed has said that it was shocking to see a company like Paramount, a brand of Viacom (leading global entertainment content company), which is held in high esteem world over and is known for its credibility and clean business practices, apparently going back on its word. It is like sending the message that Paramount does not care about the feelings of one billion Hindus of the world. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with a rich philosophical thought, and it should not be taken lightly, Zed stresses.

Hindu groups are re-planning their agitation in view of this recent development. The apparent breaking of the promise by Paramount has angered various other Hindu leaders also, including Jawahar L. Khurana, Chairperson of Hindu Alliance of India; Rakesh Nagpal, General Secretary of Shri Ramayan Pracharini Sabha; Lila D. Sharma, President of India Heritage Panel; and Dharam Loonaa, Executive Director of the Universal Society of Hinduism (who have been supporting this cause espoused by Rajan Zed); and are also gravitating towards taking the protest to the streets.

Hindu groups have also contacted cinema/film related organizations worldwide urging them not to distribute/screen upcoming Hollywood movie “The Love Guru” till Paramount Pictures makes necessary changes to it, “so that it will not hurt the feelings of the worldwide spiritual and Hindu community.”

Hindu groups have contacted Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging intervention in the matter. Hindus have also floated an online protest signature drive.

Meanwhile, various organisations and leaders have been coming out expressing concern about the possibility of “The Love Guru” hurting the sentiments of Hindus worldwide and urging filmmakers to be more responsible when handling faith related subjects. Various Hindu, Catholic, Presbyterian, Jewish, Native American, Methodist, Buddhist, youth, film, spiritual/religious, music, yoga, civil rights, etc., leaders have already issued statements in support of this cause espoused by Rajan Zed.

“The Love Guru”, a comedy starring Mike Myers (of Austin Powers fame), is set to release on June 20 next. (ANI)

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