Our film industry has been peddling religious nonsense to the masses for decades. So it is somewhat refreshing when a Bollywood star speaks out against the politicization of religion. Aamir Khan, the star of such blockbusters as Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, had this to say at a recent press conference:
People should stay away from politicians and leaders who try to divide the masses on the basis of religion, caste or community .
Granted this is not the most earth-shattering statement to come from a film star’s lips, but for anyone aware of the tensions between the Hindu and Muslim communities in India, such candor from a major Muslim superstar is a welcoming sign of changing times. Bollywood itself, however, does have a long way to go. Everyone growing up in India has been subjected to the not-so-subtle intrusion of religious and other superstitions into almost every popular film.
I’m trying to think of a popular movie in Indian cinema that did NOT contain an endorsement of religion or superstition. It is not easy. So to have some fun, lets hear from you readers if there are particular scenes in popular movies that you thought were exceptionally ridiculous. That’s too easy, isn’t it?
How about a movie that didn’t mention religion at all? As far as I can remember, the Tamil movie Kuruthipunal did not contain references to supernatural beliefs, but I could be wrong. Does anyone else have a non-religious Indian movie pick?