Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is the body responsible for
certifying films suitable for public exhibition in India, where the
main character of the movie Guru Pitka was shown to be raised in an
ashram. According to Mr. Bansode, CBFC Superintendent, “The Love Guru”
has been submitted for certification and decision on it is pending.
“The Love Guru” opened in USA and Canada on June 20 last with Hindus
calling for its worldwide boycott.
to acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, this movie appears to violate
various CBFC “guidelines for certification”. He listed the apparently
challenged CBFC guidelines in this movie as: “ such dual meaning words as obviously cater to baser instincts are not allowed”; “visuals or words contemptuous of racial, religious or other groups are not presented”; “human sensibilities are not offended by vulgarity, obscenity or depravity”.
who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, stresses that
the Cinematograph Act lays down that a film has to be certified keeping
“morality” in mind, besides other things. CBFC objectives of film
certification are given as… “the medium of film remains responsible and sensitive to the values and standards of society”, “the medium of film provides clean and healthy entertainment”…
Zed, who spearheaded the protest movement against “The Love Guru”
beginning in March last, argues that it is a pure and blatant
ridiculing of Hinduism, the oldest and third largest religion of the
world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical
thought. No faith, larger or smaller, should be ridiculed at. Today it
is Hinduism; tomorrow Hollywood might attempt to denigrate another
“The Love Guru” “the year’s biggest box office bomb” and “decidedly
unloved”, worst in film Golden Raspberry Awards recently short-listed
it for seven awards, nominating it for “Worst” in categories of:
Picture, Director (Marco Schnabel), Actor (Mike Myers), Actress
(Jessica Alba), Screenplay (Graham Gordy), and Supporting Actor (Ben
Kingsley, Verne Troyer).
States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared “The Love Guru” “morally
offensive” and slapped it with its highest rating “O”. “Preview
Online”, which calls itself “informative tool for Christian parents and moviegoers”, gave it Morality Rating of –4
(Dangerous), which is lowest of five categories, highest being +4.
“Christian Spotlight on Entertainment” gave it a Moral Rating of “Very
Offensive”. Crosswalk, a Christ-centered corporation, wrote in the
movie review, “…slew of seriously wince-inducing jabs at India’s
culture (horrible, even when meant in fun)…”
Its Rotten Tomatoes Rating was reportedly “86% Negative” and according to reports, its Box Office was $32,200,122 while budget amounted to about $62 million.
has about 13,000 cinema halls and according to CBFC website, “Every
three months an audience as large as India’s entire population (about
1.13 billion) flock to the cinema halls..”