People are boycotting 'Oppenheimer' after one 'disgusting' line offends 'one billion people'

Oppenheimer is facing a boycott as a result of a scene that has apparently caused offense to a significant number of people, estimated at around one billion.
Shortly after its release on July 21, the three-hour drama has sparked a collective effort among certain viewers to boycott the film due to one specific scene that left them feeling uneasy.

The movie revolves around the life of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his involvement in the creation of the atomic bomb. Despite its compelling storyline and star-studded cast, the film has already achieved considerable success, making the boycott somewhat unexpected.

Though there seems to be one scene that has stirred up some controversy.
It appears that J. Robert Oppenheimer, in real life, had a keen interest in Hinduism, and he made notable references to it during his lifetime. There were even claims that he translated the Bhagavad Gita from Sanskrit to English.

The movie about Oppenheimer depicted his affinity for the religion, but a specific explicit scene has not been well received by some Hindus in certain regions of India.

Uday Mahurkar, a journalist and founder of Save Culture Save India (SCSI), addressed Christopher Nolan directly in an open letter. Mahurkar pointed out that there is a scene in the movie that seems to negatively portray Hinduism. According to social media reports, this scene involves a woman having sexual intercourse with a man while he reads the Bhagavad Gita aloud. The woman holds the sacred book in one hand and seemingly adjusts the position of their reproductive organs with the other hand.

The Bhagavad Gita holds immense reverence in Hinduism and has inspired numerous sanyasis, brahmacharis, and legends who lead lives of self-control and perform selfless noble deeds.

Mahurkar expressed that he does not understand the reason or intention behind including such an unnecessary scene in the film, but he believes that it amounts to an attack on the Hindu community. He urged, on behalf of the billion Hindus who hold the Bhagavad Gita in high regard and follow its timeless teachings, for the scene to be removed from the movie worldwide to uphold the dignity of this revered scripture.

Others seemingly agreed with the journalist, with one Twitter user stating that the film had "no respect" while another suggested to "boycott" the entire thing altogether.

In the past, Murphy himself has emphasized the importance of the sex scenes in Oppenheimer, describing them as "powerful."

Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Peaky Blinders actor described the sex scenes between their characters as "powerful."

"Those scenes were written deliberately," Murphy said. "[Christopher Nolan, the director] knew that those scenes would get the movie the rating that it got.

"And I think when you see it, it’s so f****** powerful. And they’re not gratuitous. They’re perfect.

The star went on to describe Pugh as "amazing" saying: "I have loved Florence’s work since Lady Macbeth [William Oldroyd’s 2016 period drama about a woman embittered by a loveless marriage] and I think she’s f**king phenomenal."

He continued: "She has this presence as a person and on-screen that is staggering. The impact she has [in Oppenheimer] for the size of the role, it’s quite devastating."

In another interview with The Guardian, the 47-year-old opened up about the "chemistry tests" he and Pugh had to undergo in order to prepare for their intimate scenes together.

"They put two actors in a room to see if there’s any spark, and have all the producers and director at a table watching. I don’t know what metric they use, and it seems so outrageously silly, but sometimes you get a chemistry and nobody knows why," he told the outlet.

In less than a week since its release, Oppenheimer has made an impressive impact on the global box office, securing remarkable numbers.

According to The Guardian, the film garnered a staggering $80.5 million from 3,610 theaters across the United States. This exceptional performance marks it as Christopher Nolan's most successful non-Batman debut and one of the strongest openings ever for an R-rated biographical drama.

In addition to Nolan's thriller, Greta Gerwig's Barbie also achieved significant triumph after its release on the same day. Reports indicate that the film claimed the top position in North America, generating a massive $155 million in ticket sales from 4,243 locations in the region.

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