US Hindus concerned at "Mumbai Musical"

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 06:25 hrs

Nevada, Sept 24 (IBNS) Although DreamWorks Animation SKG has twice renamed the working title of their "Monkeys" film, but a US based Hindu group is still concerned on how the Hollywood will handle their sacred scripture Ramayana, which is said to be the inspiration behind it.

Glendale (California, USA) based DreamWorks, in a release on September nine, said that Kevin Lima (Enchanted) will direct upcoming feature film "Mumbai Musical, "the studio´s first-ever Bollywood-style animated musical adventure inspired by the great Indian epic tale of The Ramayana but told from the point of view of the monkeys".

It was earlier titled as "Monkeys of Mumbai" and "Monkeys of Bollywood". It will be released on December 19, 2015.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that since the movie announcement claimed it to be "inspired" by timeless epic Ramayana and Ramayana being a highly revered scripture of Hinduism, film should stay true to the story and the spirit of Ramayana.

Insensitive handling of faith traditions sometimes resulted in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees, he said.

If DreamWorks Animation or their associates in this film needed any expertise on Hinduism related issues, he or other Hindu scholars would gladly provide the resources, Zed added.

US Hindus welcomed Hollywood/Bollywood to immerse in Hinduism, but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols just for mercantile greed.

Hollywood/Bollywood were welcome to make movies about Ramayana but the final product should be the true depiction of it and not a fantasized or a re-imagined version, Zed pointed out.

Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit scripture that consists of 24,000 stanzas, explores various themes, including human existence, concept of dharma, etc.

All feature films of DreamWorks Animation, which claims to create "high-quality entertainment", are now being produced in 3D.

The Company has theatrically released a total of 22 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

Roger A. Enrico is Board Chairman, while Jeffrey Katzenberg is CEO.

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