Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Religious satire PK is India’s most successful film

Posted by robertpriddy on January 22, 2015

PK was India’s most successful film to date, quite a huge achievement! It is only in Hindi (so far). The Guardian writes about it in glowing terms:-

“Aamir Khan has the global touch. His satire on world religion, PK – in 16th place on this week’s chart – breaches the $90m mark worldwide this week and in doing so becomes the highest grossing Bollywood film ever. It’s the fourth time he has claimed that record, after the Memento-inspired thriller Ghajini ($30m, 2008), college drama 3 Idiots ($62m, 2009) and action extravaganza Dhoom 3 ($85m, 2013). He has a quirkiness and innocence on screen that sets him apart from cookie-cutter Bollywood glam gods – things on show in PK, in which his Mr Bean-like alien gets to grips with the absurdities of organised religion on planet Earth. Khan’s star vehicles seem more substantial and reflective than the bulk of the Indian mainstream ‘3 Idiots’, in which he played a similar kind of holy fool, and was a plea for better educational standards. Perhaps this gives them greater resonance with a diaspora inclined to getting impatient with the old masala clichés.

The PK phenomenon has strong foundations in India, where it has also become the most successful local film ever (currently on $48m, passing Dhoom 3’s $41m). Not only does it delve headfirst into the syncretic melee of different faiths in that country, it takes direct aim at “godmen”, the guru figures who proliferate there. PK actually had a relatively slow start on home turf – well under Happy New Year’s record-breaking opening in October – but the film’s quality and the controversy generated by the subject matter has seen it make up the gap in no time. Despite protests by some Hindu groups, the film isn’t that provocative, though; more of a playful shove in the direction of greater tolerance and a more questioning attitude to institutionalised religion. So there’s definitely scope for the film to appeal to spiritually concerned non-Indians, too – in China for starters, where 3 Idiots and Dhoom 3 both built a following for Khan. No word of a release there yet.”    See Aamir Khan’s religious satire PK becomes India’s most successful film

By stark contrast both in quality and popularity, what must be very near to being India’s least successful film in recent years is the much heralded  ‘Satya Sai Baba’ by Atman Films with Anup Jalota as a self-satisfied Bollywood and bowdlerised version of Sathya Sai Baba’s life and message, as the trailer review (8 mins. 15 secs) makes clear to all. Videos are to be found with  ‘First Look Launch’ of the film, but it is uncertain whether this means that the complete film was actually shown! Perhaps it is only available via online black market.  In a video, Anup talks in Hindi and apparently says “We made this film with zero percent pressure. I’ve known Baba for 50 years, I saw him, met him, went with him, I was so happy to make it with Baba’s blessings, I didn’t act, the director didn’t direct, it was all Baba; this film is like a meditation, we made a beautiful film…”


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Biggest earning Bollywood film exposes blind belief in ‘godmen’

Posted by robertpriddy on January 2, 2015

The guru-busting Bollywood major blockbuster ‘PK’ is reportedly a very amusing film, as well as further educating the Indian public about the bogus nature of most Indian ‘godmen’. This is a major step forward in the campaign against false religion as purveyed by hundreds of swami charlatans and criminal exploiters of vulnerable people. That it has hit the nail on the head is evidenced by the reactions of right-wing Hindu interests, spurred no doubt by the very super-rich frauds who have promoted themselves as holy or divine ‘gurus’. They have incited mobs to rampage against the film, but this only shows the world the emptiness of their talk of non-violence and their fanatical religious hypocrisy. 

“Bollywood and young India Tuesday passionately defended Aamir Khan-starrer “PK” even as Hindu rightwing groups continued their protests alleging that it defamed Hindu religion. Producers, directors and actors as well as movie buffs IANS spoke to were unanimous that the Hindi film no way hurt Hindu interests and that the protests were unacceptable as it had cleared the censors. But the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) reiterated its demand that the film, one of the biggest hits from Bollywood, be banned or at least what it said were the offending parts be deleted immediately.” Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh in fact demanded that the movie be made tax free. Agnivesh told IANS: “I found this film brilliant. It raises a fundamental debate on the true nature of any religion and their concept of god, the creator… The questions are very profound. The whole controversy is … by those who feel threatened.” IBNlive report (December 31, 2014)

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s latest release ‘PK’ became Bollywood’s highest grossing film of all time in India. PK collected more than Rs. 276 crore in two weeks of its release. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, ‘PK’ revolves around the concept of blind belief and Godmen. The movie has got its share of criticism from few religious groups who demanded its ban. The film had an impressive opening, but the recent controversies had affected its collection in the last couple of days. Religious groups went on a rampage in places like Ahmedabad and Bhopal, smashing theatres that were screening the film and demanded a ban on ‘PK’. In Agra, protesters accused Aamir Khan of double standards and suggested the actor move to Pakistan. Indian Express report (January 2, 2015)

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