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Bollywood actor pulls out of controversial Hitler film

AFP · 18 Jun 2010, 09:20

Published: 18 Jun 2010 09:20 GMT+02:00

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Anupam Kher, who had agreed to play the role of the German dictator in "Dear Friend Hitler," wrote on the micro-blogging website Twitter that he had withdrawn because "sometimes human emotions are more important than cinema."

"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 veteran Bollywood actor added.

The film, budgeted at up to $3 million, has drawn opposition from sections of India's small Jewish community and campaigners abroad for its proposed portrayal of the fascist leader, according to local media reports.

Comments from director Rakesh Ranjan Kumar that the film would show Hitler's "love" for India came under fire from historians, who contend that the German dictator had no respect for a people he viewed as racially inferior.

The film, which from early comments has more than a passing resemblance to the critically acclaimed 2004 German film "Downfall" starring Bruno Ganz, will focus on Hitler's personality and relationships during his last days.

Its makers say the title alludes to two letters written to Hitler by India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. No decision yet has been taken on whether singing and dance routines will be included in the production.

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The moustachioed and Mumbai-based Kher was not immediately available for comment.

He was set to star opposite former Miss India Neha Dhupia who is lined up to portray Eva Braun, whom Hitler married hours before they committed suicide in April 1945.

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18:21 June 18, 2010 by whatzup
I want to see the Bollywood style production numbers in the movie. Lemme guess, lots of pretty girls in tight leather trench coats dancing and singing across the screen while loading jews into gas chambers? Wait long enough and you can recycle anything, even jerks like Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. Why should we be surprised? After all since when was the Indian movie industry famous for its good taste.
09:55 June 19, 2010 by biker hotel harz
I can't wait to see their version of Springtime for Hitler!
19:30 June 19, 2010 by Kennneth Ingle
If somebody does not want to take part in a film, that is their own business.

Hitler certainly does not deserve all the attention he still gets, there have been many just as bad as him in the history of mankind. I can think of many leaders still living who are no better!

Remember what Churchill said after WW2, "We have slaughtered the wrong pig." that did not show a love for Adolf, but he knew that Josef Stalin was even worse and Benes not much better.

Thank goodness they have gone, but looking around the world today, there are more than enough ready to take their place. Should we really help to make such people famous by producing films about them?
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