A couple days ago I wrote about an upcoming Bollywood movie titled "Dear Friend Hitler" that will chronicle the ill-fated romance between Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun. Although filming isn't scheduled to begin until August, today the New York Times reported that lead actor Anupam Kher, who was going to play Hitler, has pulled out of the production. On his Twitter account Kher wrote: "Sometimes human emotions are more important than cinema," later adding in an interview published by Reuters: "I have never been moved by commercial considerations, but I have always respected social opinions." Kher was referring to the fact that the film has been drawing intense criticism. "Whoever is making this film is doing so with ignorant, if not more sinister motives," said Jonathan Solomon, the chairman of the Indian Jewish Federation, "They are hurting the feelings of a community that has suffered a great deal."
The production of "Dear Friend Hitler" has brought to light a perplexing trend in India: an apparently increasing interest in Hitler. According to a recent Times article, Indians are "fascinated" by the Nazi leader, who chose the swastika (an ancient Hindu symbol) as the emblem of his movement. A recent Gawker post noted that Hitler's autobiography, Mein Kampf, is "flying off the shelves" with an increase of 10% to 15% in book sales among "affluent" "young people" who view Hitler as a "legend." In the words of a 19-year-old student: "I have idolized Hitler ever since I have had a sense of history. I admire his leadership qualities and his discipline."
I hope the opinion expressed above is a minority one.
What do you think about the production of "Dear Friend Hitler?"