Julia Roberts upsets Hindus with Eat, Pray, Love [video]


I haven’t read “Eat, Pray, Love“, though I’ve been meaning to.  I was gifted it about a year ago and it sits on my shelf surrounded by hundreds of books I have read.  Someday….

In the meantime Pretty Woman Julia Roberts and writer/director Ryan Murphy have brought it to me on the silver screen.  Story:  While trying to get pregnant, a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, said that Hinduism and its belief system were quite often incorrectly depicted outside India and he hoped that filmmakers in this case would stick to authentic traditions in order to avoid misrepresenting the already misunderstood religion, which was oldest and third largest in the world. Film, being a powerful medium, misrepresentation would not be fair to Hindus and Hinduism.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that Hindus welcomed Hollywood to explore the spirituality and rich philosophical thought of Hinduism but taking it seriously and depicting it authentically. Refashioning it for mercantile greed or to fit the Hollywood machine created more confusion and hurt the Hindu sentiments.

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