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.

Watch the trailer here

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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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