Friday, June 18, 2010

Film on Hitler Sparks Outrage Among Jews in India

Protests by India's small Jewish community have prompted a leading actor to pull out of a film on the last days of Adolf Hitler, a rare subject for a movie in the Bollywood film industry.

Anupam Kher, who was supposed to play the role of Hitler, told Reuters he had decided to withdraw from the film after an outpouring of messages on social networking sites and protests.


"Considering the ill-will that the project is generating among my fans, I wish to withdraw from it as I respect their sentiments," Kher said in a statement released to Reuters.


"Dear Friend Hitler" aims to give audiences a glimpse into Hitler's "insecurities, his charisma, his paranoia and his sheer genius," according to a statement on the film which will go on floors next month.


India has a small Jewish community of around 5,000 as most have migrated to Israel and the West over the years. They said they were outraged by the decision to make a film on Hitler.

The film's director said film would not glorify Hitler.

"Those who are protesting against the film have got it wrong," said Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, the director. (ABC News)

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