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Protest denigrating film ‘Deool’ at San Francisco Bay Area’s Bluelight Cinemas !

Namaste, dear supporter of Hinduism.

We have received complaints from several Hindus in the San Francisco Bay Area about the showing of a film ‘Deool’ at Bluelight Cinemas on Saturday (10th December) and Sunday (11th December). ‘Deool’, which means ‘Temple’, is a Marathi film that its producers originally claimed to create awareness about the ‘commercialization of religion’. However, their 29th November interview in Pune, India exposed an anti Hindu theme ! The film’s script writer and actor Girish Kulkarni has admitted in the interview, “If society were directly told to do away with the deities, my house would have been stoned. I wanted to get this message out not only to the intellectuals, but to everyone. If something is told emotionally, then people find it easier to digest. Hence, I have used emotions to get this message across via this film.” This is besides the outright denigration of Hindus’ revered Deity, Shree Gurudev Datta, in a rap song in this movie. You can learn about this denigration as well as the protest movement of the Hindu community and organizations like Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and Shiv Sena against this movie, here: http://www.hindujagruti.org/news/12988.html.

As expected with the anti-Hindu bias in the media and the general lack of awareness among Hindus, the movie is receiving wide news coverage and undeserved glorification, as various Marathi associations across USA and Australia propose to screen it. Especially the 10th December screening of the film at Bluelight Cinemas by California Arts Association may seem a deliberate effort to offend Hindus, as it is the birth anniversary (Jayanti) of Shree Gurudev Datta. This Deity is worshipped by Hindus as the divine Guiding (Guru) Principle and to overcome departed ancestors problems, such as in the areas of academic performance, finances, health, marriage and conception. This screening is to be followed by yet another on the 11th of December at the same venue, by the Maharashtra Mandal of Bay Area.

While the Maharashtra Mandal expressed surprise at this denigration and is deliberating over what to do, the California Arts Association’s Mukund Marathe has refused to cancel the denigrating song or the film, using the double standard of “freedom of expression” (reserved for the denigration of Hinduism, while showing utmost sensitivity to other religious groups). His response is highlighted in the below email trail that we have initiated in protest of this movie’s screening. In the meanwhile Bluelight Cinemas are trying to shrug off responsibility, saying that they cannot control the content shown by its patrons (never mind that they benefit financially from it); they had no answer when asked if they would respond similarly if some patron were to show an x-rated film or a movie denigrating Islam.

We appeal to you to join in this protest of the movie ‘Deool’ showing at San Francisco’s Bluelight Cinemas on 10th and 11th December. Let the organizers and the Cinema house hear the united voice of the Hindu community’s peaceful but prompt protests, by email, phone or seeking a refund for ‘Deool’ tickets bought :

 

Organizers:

10th December (Datta Jayanti) show:

California Arts Association ([email protected], [email protected])

11th December show:

Maharashtra Mandal of Bay Area – Devendra Mulay ([email protected], [email protected])

Sachin Chinchwadkar ([email protected], [email protected] )

Bluelight Cinemas’ owner:

Art Cohen, 408-255-5002 ([email protected])

 

(Please do cc or inform us of your protest effort, as we strive to keep you updated about the progress of this protest drive.)

“Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha | (Dharma or God protects those who protect Dharma !)”
Sincerely,

Sadhaks at Forum for Hindu Awakening (www.HinduAwakening.org)

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: FHA <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 5:35 AM
Subject: Requesting Bluelight Cinemas to cancel movie denigrating Hindu deity ‘Datta’ !
To: [email protected]

Namaste, dear Art.

 

We have been in touch with Bluelight Cinemas via your online form and phone conversation since yesterday about a denigrating film ‘Deool’ that is being shown at Bluelight on 10th of December. Please go through the below and attached correspondence so far with Bluelight Cinemas.

 

We once again urge Bluelight Cinemas to consider these facts and cancel the showing of this movie, as a goodwill gesture towards the Hindu community and await your positive response.

 

Sincerely,

Bhavna Shinde Hurley

Spokesperson, Forum for Hindu Awakening

www.HinduAwakening.org

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Bhavna Shinde
Date: Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:30 AM
Subject: FYI: sent today to Bluelight after y’day’s call and email

||Shree||

 

Dear Chelsea (hope I am spelling your name correctly),

 

Further to our discussion earlier today about the movie ‘Deool’ being shown on the 10th of December at BlueLight Cinemas, you can learn about its denigrating song and the public movement by the Hindu community and organizations in Maharashtra state (India) against this movie, here: http://www.hindujagruti.org/news/12988.html

 

What many do not know is that the story line and this song in the movie, under the benevolent sounding pretext of ‘creating awareness about commercialization of religion’, has been deliberately crafted to send out the message to “retire the deities” ! The film’s script writer and actor Girish Kulkarni has just admitted in an interview, “If society were directly told to do away with the deities, my house would have been stoned. I wanted to get this message out not only to the intellectuals, but to everyone. If something is told emotionally, then people find it easier to digest. Hence, I have used emotions to get this message across via this film.” (The interview and news about it are not in English; please let me know if you would still like to see that link or its translation.)

 

While the Hindu community has well respected the freedom of expression, never has denigration of Hinduism’s revered deities been sanctioned in Hinduism’s Scriptures. Showing this film, with the intentions as expressed by the film’s writer, would be tantamount to abusing the freedom of expression, to hurt an entire religious community and obstruct its freedom of religion.

 

It is at such times that our sensitivity to peaceful, minority communities is tested. We expect that BlueLight Cinemas’ will make the choice to not show this song, preferably cancel the movie showing itself. This will not only send out the correct message for its current patronage and the Bay Area community at large, but also set a welcome precedent for our future generation when it comes to promoting communal harmony and understanding ! We hope you understand that while we await BlueLight Cinemas’ written assurance towards canceling this song or movie showing, we are time bound to start a public protest campaign against this denigration in the next couple of days.

 

Sincerely,

Bhavna Shinde Hurley

Spokesperson, Forum for Hindu Awakening

www.HinduAwakening.org

—– Forwarded Message —–
From:
[email protected]” <[email protected]>
To:
[email protected]
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:55 PM
Subject: RE: Requesting CalAA to cancel denigrating song/movie ‘Deool’

Namaskar, Dear Bhavna:
Thank you for sharing your feelings about the movie “Deool”. CalAA strongly believes in the freedom of expression of the Producer and Director and we are therefore unable to agree to your request to not show the song or cancel the screening. Hindu Dharma has survived and blossomed over the past 6,000 years and we do not believe that a song can adversely impact it. It would be unfortunate if you decide to launch a public protest campaign against the movie. We should rather leave it to the audience to watch the movie, talk about the message and draw their own conclusions. Be rest assured that rationality, sensibleness and sound judgment will prevail, as it has over the centuries.
Thank you.
Mukund Marathe
CalAA
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Requesting CalAA to cancel denigrating song/movie ‘Deool’
From: “FHA” <
[email protected]>
Date: Wed, November 30, 2011 1:08 am
To: <
[email protected]>, <[email protected]>

||Shree||
Namaskar, dear California Arts Association (CalAA) Committee Member.

We have recently received complaints from some Bay Area Hindus that the Marathi movie ‘Deool’ is being shown by CalAA at Bluelight Cinemas on 10th December (Datta Jayanti 5113) : http://bluelightcinemas.com/index.asp?page=events

As some of those Hindus have brought to your attention promptly (we can assure you that they are not the only ones from Bay Area to have complained), this movie has a rap type of song that denigrates Hindus’ revered Deity, Lord Datta. You can learn about this denigrating song as well as the movement of the Hindu community and organizations in Maharashtra against this movie, here: http://www.hindujagruti.org/news/12988.html

We commend the CalAA for the Marathi cultural plays and shows it has brought to the Bay Area community over the years. It shows that CalAA is indeed rooted in Marathi culture that finds its source in Hindu Dharma. However, the showing of the movie ‘Deool’ by CalAA will lead to denigration of Lord Datta by our very own Hindu brethren in Bay Area, that too, on the very day of Datta Jayanti ! It may also make people wonder if it was not intentional on CalAA’s part to offend the Hindu community thus.

What many do not know is that the story line and this song in the movie, under the benevolent sounding pretext of ‘creating awareness about commercialization of religion’, has been deliberately crafted to send out the message to “retire the deities” ! The film’s script writer and actor Girish Kulkarni has just admitted in an interview, “If society were directly told to do away with the deities, my house would have been stoned. I wanted to get this message out not only to the intellectuals, but to everyone. If something is told emotionally, then people find it easier to digest. Hence, I have used emotions to get this message across via this film.” 

It is at such times that our commitment to Marathi culture and Hindu Dharma is tested. We expect that CalAA will make the choice to not show this song, preferably cancel the movie showing itself, not only to send out the correct message for its current membership, Bluelight cinemas and the Bay Area community at large, but also to set a precedent for our future generation when it comes to preserving Marathi culture and Hindu Dharma ! While the Hindu community has well respected the freedom of expression, never has denigration of Hinduism’s revered deities been sanctioned in Hinduism’s Scriptures. Showing this film, with the intentions as expressed by the film’s writer, would be tantamount to abusing the freedom of expression, to hurt an entire religious community and obstruct its freedom of religion. We hope you understand that while we await CalAA’s written assurance towards this, we are time bound to start a public protest campaign against this denigration in the next couple of days.

Sincerely,
Bhavna Shinde Hurley
Spokesperson, Forum for Hindu Awakening
———- Forwarded message ———-

From: FHA <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 3:04 AM
Subject: Requesting MMBA to cancel denigrating song/movie ‘Deool’
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

||Shree||

 

Namaskar, dear Maharashtra Mandal Bay Area (MMBA) Committee Member.

We have recently received complaints from some Bay Area Hindus that the Marathi movie ‘Deool’ is being shown by MMBA at Bluelight Cinemas on 11th December (Margshirsh Krushna Pratipada 5113) : http://bluelightcinemas.com/index.asp?page=events

As some of those Hindus have brought to your attention promptly (we can assure you that they are not the only ones from Bay Area to have complained), this movie has a rap type of song that denigrates Hindus’ revered Deity, Lord Datta. You can learn about this denigrating song as well as the movement of the Hindu community and organizations in Maharashtra against this movie, here: http://www.hindujagruti.org/news/12988.html

We commend and thank the MMBA for the support it has shown to Hinduism awareness activities like the California Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha in 2010 and other quality Dharmik programs it has brought to the Bay Area Marathi community over the years. It shows that MMBA is indeed rooted in Marathi culture that finds its source in Hindu Dharma. However, the showing of the movie ‘Deool’ by MMBA will lead to denigration of Lord Datta by our very own Hindu brethren in Bay Area, that too, on the very next day of Datta Jayanti ! What many do not know is that the story line and this song in the movie, under the benevolent sounding pretext of ‘creating awareness about commercialization of religion’, has been deliberately crafted to send out the message to “retire the deities” ! The film’s script writer and actor Girish Kulkarni has just admitted in an interview, “If society were directly told to do away with the deities, my house would have been stoned. I wanted to get this message out not only to the intellectuals, but to everyone. If something is told emotionally, then people find it easier to digest. Hence, I have used emotions to get this message across via this film.”

It is at such times that our commitment to Marathi culture and Hindu Dharma is tested. We expect that MMBA will make the choice to not show this song, preferably cancel the movie showing itself, not only to send out the correct message for its current membership, Bluelight cinemas and the Bay Area community at large, but also to set a precedent for our future generation when it comes to preserving Marathi culture and Hindu Dharma ! We hope you understand that while we await MMBA’s written assurance towards this, we are time bound to start a public protest campaign against this denigration in the next couple of days.

Sincerely,

Bhavna Shinde Hurley

Spokesperson, Forum for Hindu Awakening

www.HinduAwakening.org

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