X-Men Apocalypse: Hindu leader objects to ‘Krishna’ reference in trailer

Claiming that misrepresenting Hindu gods in films would confuse devotees, Rajan Zed urged director Bryan Singer to delete all references to Lord Krishna from the X-Men trailer as well as the final movie.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 17, 2015 2:12 pm

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A Hindu leader in the United States has objected to the comparison between a villain in the latest of the X-Men series – X-Men: Apocalypse – and Lord Krishna.

Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, was referring to the trailer of the movie, where actor Oscar Isaac, who plays the villain, is heard saying: “I have been called many things over many lifetimes — Ra, Krishna, Yahweh.”

In a statement issued, Zed said: “Such trivialisation of Lord Krishna, who was highly revered in Hinduism, was quite inappropriate and disturbing to the devotees. Lord Krishna was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not for pushing movies for mercantile greed of filmmakers.”

 

Claiming that misrepresenting Hindu gods in films would confuse devotees, Zed urged director Bryan Singer to delete all references to Lord Krishna from the trailer as well as the final movie, except those that were true to the scriptures.

Zed even offered to provide training in religious and cultural sensitivity to Hollywood film directors, should they need any, so as to understand the sentiments of and feelings of their audience when they develop new products (films).

“Hindus are for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith is something sacred and attempts at trivialising it hurt the followers,” Zed said, adding that insensitive handling of faith traditions sometimes resulted in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which also stars James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence, is due for release in May 2016.

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    Aditya Mishra
    Jan 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm
    No use arguing with these people. They are too blinded by their narrow faith to listen to listen to any reasonable argument you might provide.
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      mullaha
      May 28, 2016 at 11:29 pm
      Yeah lots of stuff they should also have mentioned pedophile muhammad.
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        mullaha
        May 28, 2016 at 11:31 pm
        and you belong to pseudo-religion
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          mullaha
          May 28, 2016 at 11:38 pm
          muhammad is a pedophile
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            Pramit Chatterjee
            Apr 26, 2016 at 7:42 am
            And you are immature.
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              Pramit Chatterjee
              Apr 26, 2016 at 7:40 am
              The w country is in a state of turmoil. Corruption almost everywhere. People being killed everywhere. Major portion of the the Indian potion is below the property line. Developing se developed baan nahi sake hai abhi tak and WHAT are we concerned about? KRISHNA being referenced in a CBM!!! No wonder we are not a developed nation yet. Half of the potion is concerned about "Gods". *slow claps*
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                ComicFan
                Feb 16, 2016 at 8:59 am
                Actually, Superman is the embodiment of truth and courage. And making superman the villain would cause some serious issues in the comic book community.
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                  Rob krishnan
                  Dec 16, 2015 at 11:17 am
                  Oh, C'mon. Get a life!!! Stop being so thin skinned. Maybe you should think of & remember Krishna everyday & you might reach nirvana!
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                    Mohan bhagwat
                    Dec 16, 2015 at 6:21 am
                    Krishna, an idol of infidelity.
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                      Yaakul
                      Dec 16, 2015 at 9:52 am
                      We don't need wifi in railway stations. We need clean platforms, railway coaches and toilets, adequate and clean rest rooms, escalators and ramps so that luggage can be easily carried to and from the platforms, clean and safer surroundings near a major railway station (you'll understand if you visit Chennai central, it is infested with beggars, thugs, garbage and overflowing ee), preventing unreserved pengers entering reserved coaches and troubling pengers, more trains during festival and high rush seasons, hygienic and safe railway food, safer and better systems to prevent accidents
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                        hillbillary
                        Dec 17, 2015 at 10:19 am
                        A fictional character in the public domain is free for anyone to use and interpret in any way they want to. Nobody's permission or approval need be sought. Don't like it, don't watch it. That as far as your 'authority' extends.
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                          hillbillary
                          Dec 17, 2015 at 9:27 am
                          Get a grip, people. Apocalypse is purely fictional. Just like Krishna, or Ra or Yahweh.
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                            Chand
                            Dec 16, 2015 at 10:25 am
                            No names should be used, movies are about fantasies...... so make up names but dont use these. Would not there be great hue n cry if Jesus, Allah, Buddha , etc were used for this villain???
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                              Manish
                              Dec 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm
                              I am an Hindu.... And I think if the dialogue would have ra, jesus, yahweh... Then surely it might have resulted to mighty uproars all over the world... One must be sensitive while dealing with issues of religion... Just saying but it is all relativity and perspective.... Movies however careful should be careful while dealing with religion which many people still believe and worship
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                                Geetha
                                Dec 29, 2015 at 6:35 am
                                Hey you! You know who Yahweh is? He is the God of both Christians and Jews. As they have used the Hebrew name, your silly hindu mind couldn't pick it up. Funny... There are lot of movies in which Jesus or Mary all got insulted and they went without an event.
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                                  Geetha
                                  Dec 29, 2015 at 6:33 am
                                  Krishna, the god who asked women to show their nudity...
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                                    killhindu
                                    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:59 am
                                    common guys grow up, he is just a mythical figure
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                                      Unnecessary
                                      Dec 16, 2015 at 7:06 am
                                      Jehovah (Yahweh). God in the Old Testament, bible
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                                        G.Kumar
                                        Dec 17, 2015 at 9:21 am
                                        Oh good. More culture monkeys out to inflict their under-developed intellects on things outside of their capacity. Third world! Third World! rah, rah rah!
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                                          G.Kumar
                                          Dec 17, 2015 at 9:25 am
                                          Yes there would. And in those cases the hue-ers and criers would also be complete s.
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                                            JAY CHOUDHURY
                                            Dec 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm
                                            Lord Krishna is an embodiment of truth , wisdom and courage and we worship him as our superhero since childhood . Portraying Lord Krishna as a Villain is disgraceful and will definitely hurt the sentiments of all Indians and followers worldwide . Request to delete the word Krishna from movie with immediate effect .
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