Sunday, 3 May 2009

Of angels and demons...

The Church in India is up in arms against the new film being made and released in India titled 'Angels and Demons'. Well, there have been quite a few mail forwards, petitions and announcements as to why it should be banned. While all this is going on, the producers and directors of the movie are having a good laugh! Without any effort on their part, the whole Church is carrying out the publicity stunt for the same. They needn't really waste time, money and energy on creating trailers, posters and newspaper ads... the Church is doing it far better than they could have imagined.

I don't understand why we don't see the point. Well, if there is a movie with something objectionable in it, why make a hue and cry about it? By doing so, we are only making it all the popular and creating an insatiable curiosity in the people. Just let the movie run...

I remember while in Matunga 2004-2005, the same time round when the Da Vinci Code was released. I really admired the courage and brains of one of the Parish priests who far from forbidding his parishioners from watching the movie, screened the movie in the parish hall. Right after that he held a panel discussion with all those present and a few elderly, mature and well-balanced faithful. He himself was there to clarify doubts, clear uncertainties, and disprove myths. Now that's what I call, tackling the bull by the horns.

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