Re: Temple of Doom & Indian Cinema Parallels

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Posted by Michaelson from on April 14, 1998 at 13:00:19:

In Reply to: Re: Temple of Doom & Indian Cinema Parallels posted by Ari Braginsky on April 14, 1998 at 12:48:06:

: : The Bond movie you refer to was Octopussy, and it's not really that "old," since it was made in 1983. In fact, the dinner scene in Temple of Doom is said to be trying to one-up the scene in Octopussy where the villain, Kamal Khan (Louis Jordan) eats a sheep's eyeball.
: : I'm afraid I can't help you out with where to find parallels between TOD and Indian movies, but I do know that TOD was not received well at all in India. I think it was banned there for a while. I can find out more about this and I'll post that later.
: : Brisco

: Yeah..I would appreciate knowing why they didn't like it..That would make a better paper!!!

From what I have heard from a graduate assistant here at the University, apparently the problem was one of the separation of the classes regarding who would, or for that fact could, interact with whom in the script. It was political, social, and traditional problems that reared their heads in the development of the movie. Incidentally, it was also stated that it was the first time that the Hindi language had ever been spoken in a movie seen outside of India/ Sri Lanka. This is the information I was just told a few minutes ago. I was aware of the Hindi language information, but brother, the other was an eyeopener because of the deep seated feelings that were conveyed regarding the political problems this movie reared. As was shown in the movie, the history of the British and their history in India is still spoken by their people as almost current events, not past history. Yes, I believe it would make a MOST interesting paper indeed, considering what I just experienced. Regards. Michaelson

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