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Indian movie draws reaction from Jewish rights group for 'trivializing' sufferings of Holocaust victims

05:45 PM | 28 Jul, 2023
Indian movie draws reaction from Jewish rights group for 'trivializing' sufferings of Holocaust victims
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Indian film "Bawaal" starring Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor is facing a severe backlash due to a scene, which draws inspiration from the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a Jewish human rights group dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims, has written an open letter to Prime Video, urging them to take the movie down and stop monetizing it.

The film, directed by renowned filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari, follows a contemporary storyline that takes a disturbing turn when the protagonists find themselves in a gas chamber at Auschwitz, dressed in striped clothes and experiencing suffocation. To make matters worse, the movie uses Hitler as a metaphor for human greed, with the lead character likening everyone to the genocidal dictator.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, representing the SWC, expressed profound concern about the movie's release in his open letter, as reported by the BBC. He strongly condemned the film for trivializing the Holocaust, emphasizing that Auschwitz should never be used as a metaphor.

The camp stands as a grim reminder of humanity's darkest capacity for evil, and exploiting this solemn history in the movie deeply disrespects the memory of the millions who suffered and died under Hitler's regime, he said.

The film's release triggered outrage on social media, with viewers appalled by the insensitive parallel drawn between a romantic relationship and the horrors of World War II. The characters' depiction of imagining themselves in the gas chamber added to the offence. Lines like "Every relationship goes through its Auschwitz" crossed a line of insensitivity that the SWC found completely unacceptable.

Given these critical issues, the SWC has called on Prime Video to act swiftly by removing "Bawaal" from their platform. Such action would send a powerful message about respecting historical tragedies and human rights. The reaction to "Bawaal" highlights the importance of filmmakers handling historical events with utmost sensitivity and respect.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

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US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
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Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
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Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
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Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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