Wednesday, May 17, 2006

See The Book; Read The Film

The Telegraph, Kolkata, report
India has earned the distinction of being the only country in the world where the government has stepped in to decide if the Tom Hanks-starrer The Da Vinci Code movie should be shown. If a ban follows, India will join the hallowed company of Lebanon and Jordan, which proscribed the book.
Though the Censor Board of India has cleared the movie The Da Vinci Code, with `A' certificate and by shifting the diclaimer, which says the movie is a work of fiction, from end to the beginning of the movie, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Mr Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, has decided to stop the release of the film. According to him "The concurrence of the Catholic Church of India should be obtained before we take a decision''. This concurrence may or may not be given by the Catholic Churg organization by this Friday, when the movie is supposed to be released worldwide. Thanks to him, the movie will be a bigger hit in India then it may be expected to be. It might have been seen by those who have read the book and now it will be seen by those who may not heard about the book but may see the film anway.

Strangely, the book The Da Vinci Code on which the movie is based, is freely available in India and the Catholic organization are not asking for a ban on the book.

Michael Baigent, cu-author of the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, who recently unsuccessfully sued Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code for plagiarism, recounts his experience


Tilly said...

Hi again Raju =)

"Strangely, the book The Da Vinci Code on which the movie is based, is freely available in India and the Catholic organization are not asking for a ban on the book. "

I think partly regards this, those in the authoritarian position [to make such decisions over a films release] believe that there are far more people likely to go watch the movie than are likely to make an effort to pick up the book.

What a lazy world we have become!

A side note- i attempted to set up BlogRolling last night and popped along to add you to mine and noticed you'd done the same =) ...only yours looks good whilst i am still tweaking to find the right 'look' ...any tips would be gratefully received ;)

Raju Bathija said...

Hi again Tilly, Thanks for your comments. Yes, I agree that we had become lazy. We would rather watch a film, then read a book.

About BlogRolling template, I have tweated it a bit yesterday. Here is the code which has to be put before <$BlogMetaData$>
(this appears on the third or fourth line of the template.

Put style inside <> at the begnning and end of the code.

The Code:

border-top:1px solid #aaa;
border-right:2px solid #333;
border-bottom:2px solid #333;
border-left:1px solid #aaa;
font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif Georgia;
.blogrollmain a{
border-top:1px solid #cde;
border-left:1px solid #cde;
text-decoration: none;
.blogrollmain a:hover{
border-top:1px solid #def;
border-left:1px solid #def;
color: #0074b3;
text-decoration: underline;
.blogrollmain br{

Tilly said...

Thank you so so much Raju =)
I think my first error was placing the code in the wrong place in my template - everything looking just honky-dory now so your advice is very much appreciated =))

I hope today is treating you well =)