Disney exploring to bring Hindu mythological superheroes to screen, Hindus concerned

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Disney held talks with India’s Vimanika Comics to explore the possibility of bringing Hindu mythological superheroes to film and television, according to reports.

It reportedly includes the possibility of seeing Karna brought to life on screen. Karna was the son of Kunti and sun-god Surya and was equipped with celestial arms and armor and had great strength and commanding presence.

Hindus are concerned. Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, while welcoming Hollywood to film ancient Hindu scriptural subjects, urged them to stay true to the story and the spirit of the scriptures. The final product should be the true depiction of the scripture and not a fantasized or a re-imagined version.

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that changing ancient Sanskrit scriptures to fit the Hollywood machine were likely to hurt the Hindu sentiments. Refashioning Hinduism concepts, symbols, doctrines for mercantile greed was not okay. Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion followers and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly.

Vimanika is a comics company headquartered in Mumbai which focuses on Indian mythology and its founder director is Karan Vir Arora. Vimanika reportedly plans to launch graphic versions of Dashaavatar, Legend of Karna, Lord Shiva, and Lord Garuda; and is looking to convert comics to online/mobile games. Its other titles include “Moksha”. Its tagline is “Bringing you Myth like no Other”!

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