A scene in Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Oppenheimer, has sparked outrage among some social media users. The scene in question shows the titular character, J. Robert Oppenheimer, reading out verses from an ancient Sanskrit scripture as he appears to have sex. Some social media users have claimed that the lines Oppenheimer is reading are from the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text of Hinduism. They have demanded that the scene be removed from the film, arguing that it is disrespectful to the text and to Hinduism as a whole.
Other social media users have defended the scene, arguing that it is a creative interpretation of Oppenheimer’s character. They say that the scene is not intended to be disrespectful to the Bhagavad Gita, but rather to explore Oppenheimer’s complex and conflicted mind. Oppenheimer is a biopic about the American theoretical physicist who led the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. The film has been praised by critics for its ambitious scope and technical achievements. However, the controversial scene has cast a shadow over the film’s release.
It is unclear whether Nolan will remove the scene from the film. However, the controversy has highlighted the sensitivity of religious matters in India. Uday Mahurkar, an information commissioner with the Government of India, has written an open letter to Christopher Nolan, the director of Oppenheimer, demanding that a scene be removed from the film. The scene in question shows the titular character, J. Robert Oppenheimer, reading out verses from the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text of Hinduism, as he appears to have sex. Mahurkar has called the scene a “disturbing attack on Hinduism” and has appealed to Nolan to remove it from the film worldwide. In his letter, Mahurkar writes:
“The scene is a gross misrepresentation of Hinduism and its values. It depicts the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text that is revered by millions of Hindus around the world, as a sex manual. This is not only disrespectful to the text, but it is also offensive to Hindus.”