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‘Baba Satya Sai’ film demotes the swami to a ‘Demigod’

Posted by robertpriddy on March 22, 2014

Baba Sathya Sai film


Though dead and gone, Sathya Sai Baba got top film magnates, actors and actresses fighting his corner in Bollywood. Two films of his life were made, but their expected releases at least by February 2013 did not occur. In the flush of media fever after his death, it seems, some big-names in the business put together the films. Despite the original budget of Rs. 60 crore (which is app. 130 million dollars), the producer of ‘Baba Sathya Sai’  claimed that the film was not made for profits, but who will believe that dreams of reflected spiritual fame and a few dollar signs did not fill the heads of those involved? It is hard to think that the investment was made for charitable reasons, knowing how money is the No. 1 consideration in Bollywood.

The film ‘Baba Satya Sai’ with Dilip as the ‘ace’ star is apparently soon to appear on the Indian circuit (but almost certainly nowhere else). What else but a glitzed version of this glitzy swami can one expect of Bollywood? We can safely predict that the film will certainly steer very clear of the massive accusations of sexual abuse, murder involvement, major failed promises and predictions and constant documented false statements  by the ‘avatar’. 

One can already see from the publicity that ‘Satya Sai Baba’ will be highly laughable to all the misinformed, deluded or Bollywood-worshippers, and especially so to genuinely devoted followers of Sathya Sai Baba, considering the roles for glamorous women, including actresses who have been showers of flesh and sexy dancing. Sai Baba was known for his dislike of the female sex and the very strict puritanism against women and men together in public, inadequate clothing etc. In both films, there are pretty actresses – and Anup Jalota sits between two of them) . This strikes a very discordant note, of course, so where are the pretty boys (both young men and innocent male children)?  These glamour girls may excite some film-goers to expect  some wet clothes-clinging ecstatic group gopi dancing in the holy waters of the Chitravati river (even with Sai Baba dancing to his own flute in his Krishna embodiment?).

Amusingly, Sai Baba is referred to as a ‘Demigod’ (see above left – indiaglitz) and ‘The God Who Walked on Earth’ is attributed with ‘divine magic’. There is something in that latter term! Hinduism is sinking to new depths where it embraces this megalomaniacal claimant as a true representative of the sanathana dharma. Hindu mythology is not only ancient, for more of it is being created here and now through film fantasy. 

from an earlier version of India Glitz on-line

from an earlier version of India Glitz on-line

Two films on exactly the same theme would virtually halve the possible income (who could stand watching both?). Any such films would have their work cut out to keep out of the world-wide shadow of the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami‘, or the recently released award-winning Hollywood film ‘A Man Called God’, with a top star recently awarded a documentary prize in the USA. The endorsers of Sai Baba may vainly hope that the film may help to kill off the world-wide and Indian public controversy about his ‘premature’ death, its covered-up cause and, the vast secret treasure trove under his vast bed. Not to mention the disgraceful shenanigans over the control of his mini-empire, with police arrests, death threats and more. Yet all the crimes and failings of Sai Baba are widely recorded – not least through his own discourses – and therefore no future serious religious historians will be taken in by the propaganda, let alone any such film.

See The Return of the Great Pretender

The film ‘Satya Sai Baba’, long since filmed in Prashanthi Nilayam seems to have floundered since none of the former publicity has been up-dated for a long time. It does seem that there will be Bollywood-ghazal style music (“given by Anchal Talesra and written by Sachindra Sharma“) which could no way be less ‘mesmerizing’ than the boring and repetitive bhajans that Sai Baba ‘sang’ in his uninspiring hermaphrodite’s voice (neither he not any Sai bhajan recording ever had a single hit on any known music chart, for reasons obvious to most music lovers).

Making Sai Baba a fictional figure cannot be applauded by any devotees who took his extra-puritanical teachings seriously, and certainly not with any Western audience (other than a few Sai Baba groups at best). One may assume that the film effort concentrates on the Indian public (despite a version with English dialogue), and this is indeed now almost the only public which the Sai Baba inheritors can exploit financially since foreign devotees have almost entirely deserted the ashrams.

The large residue of devotees who support Sreejith Narain’s lunatic fringe prognostications and so still expect Sai Baba to resurrect in his body any day now will rub their hands at the thoughts of the filmmakers mind-boggled expressions when he arrives. Who wouldn’t ( except them)?  Probably, resurrection alone could make their films into profitable box office attractions. Even if – as all believers expect – Sai Baba eventually reincarnates as Prema Sai, he would surely discredit such a Bollywood glitz version of his appearance in his ‘former body’.

See The making of BBC’s film “The Secret Swami” and key unpublished facts

COMMENT eileenweed
Submitted on 2014/03/22 at 3:47 pm

As you pointed out, the vast majority of the Indian public would scoff at such films and not go to see them; the few devotees would find fault with the representation or, at best, welcome the publicity of their ‘demigod’ with mixed feelings, knowing the ‘demigod’ himself would not want to be appearing onscreen by such ‘impure souls’. It is a lose-lose situation for all involved, and one wonders if the lack of interest in the film-world and doubt at profits are keeping the movies under wraps instead of being released?

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