Anupam Kher pulls out of Bollywood Hitler film


by Rumbold
19th June, 2010 at 2:14 pm    

Anupam Kher, who was due to play Hitler in a Bollywood film showing the dictator’s ‘love for India’, has pulled out of the main role after an adverse public reaction:

The project drew protests from Jewish groups in India and outside and was condemned by historians.

“Thanks for your varied reactions to my opting out of Hitler. After 400 films in 26 years I have the right to be wrong and still be happy,” the actor wrote on Twitter.

In a statement to news agency Reuters, Mr Kher said: “Considering the ill-will that the project is generating among my fans, I wish to withdraw from it as I respect their sentiments.”

The problem with the film is that it is completely inaccurate historically (even more so than Braveheart), which Anupam Kher doesn’t seem to have understood. What this film has done though is (unintentionally) taught a number of people about Hitler’s attitudes to India, which they might not have been aware of beforehand. To quote Alex von Tunzelmann once again:

Hitler never supported Indian self-rule. He advised British politicians to shoot Gandhi and hundreds of other leaders of the freedom struggle. Repeatedly, he expressed support for British imperialism. He only regretted that it was not harsh enough. “If we took India,” he once threatened, the Indian people would soon long for “the good old days of English rule”.


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  1. Sunny — on 19th June, 2010 at 2:30 pm  

    Oi, don’t cuss Braveheart!

  2. Shatterface — on 19th June, 2010 at 2:45 pm  

    Ye’ll neva taek awa’ oor freadum!

  3. Tim Footman — on 20th June, 2010 at 12:30 pm  

    Interesting article on Indian obsession with Hilterbilia, etc: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8660064.stm

  4. Jai — on 20th June, 2010 at 12:40 pm  

    Thanks for the update, Rumbold. Anupam Kher has made the right decision, although as I said on the earlier thread, it would probably be a good idea for Kher, the film’s creators, and any other Indians with an insufficient understanding of Hitler’s actions to see “Schindler’s List”, “Downfall”, and (especially) to read the Third Reich trilogy by the respected historian Richard J. Evans in order to fully understand the horrific scale to which Hitler terrorised Germans who happened to be Jews (and of course subsequently also Jews in the neighbouring countries which fell under Nazi rule).

  5. Ben — on 20th June, 2010 at 6:38 pm  

    On my last visit to Pune, I went to the main bookshop of what is a prominent Indian University city. Two books in particular were prominently displayed, with large piles of additional copies for sale spread on the shop floor.

    One was the biography of Bose. The other was Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”. It seems that both these figures have a popular following and many admirers in that country, including among the educated and monied classes.

  6. Kismet Hardy — on 21st June, 2010 at 3:41 pm  

    Braveheart was historically incorrect? Pah! Next you’ll be telling me Mel Gibson got it wrong with Apocalypto and the native americans weren’t really a bunch of savages that killed each other and had the conquistadas coming to them. Or that you can’t simply click your shoulders to escape out of being bound and chained and thrown in the bottom of the sea a la Lethal Weapon 2.

    Shame though. I’d have paid good money to see anupam kher in a toupee

  7. persephone — on 22nd June, 2010 at 8:45 pm  

    Well its a start.

    At first I was hopeful in that it was simply Anupam Kher pulls out of Bollywood.

    But sadly it was not meant to be.

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