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Cinema has mostly mishandled religion, says Zed

News Releases, Tue, 12 Aug 2008 NI Wire

Cinema has always been interested in God but has not done a very good job in the depiction of religion in general, acclaimed religious leader Rajan Zed stated in Nevada (USA) today.

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that the idea of meeting concurrently the requirements of cinematic art and of truly religious experience is very attractive but may not be reachable many times.

He urged filmmakers to be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects, as cinema is a very powerful medium and it can create stereotypes in the minds of some audiences. ‘Faith is something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees,’ he stressed.

Cinema is an object of suspicion for the believers as film has been used as a tool for propaganda, indoctrination, exploiting popular belief in miracles, etc. Many religious people feel that feature films usually mishandle spirituality and religion, Zed argues.

Rajan Zed applauded United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for their Office for Film and Broadcasting which aims to "provide the public with a Catholic evaluation of both entertainment features and documentaries from a moral and artistic perspective" and for coming up with "top ten films" every year since 1965.

He stressed that all religions and denominations should come up with such organisations to guide their respective congregations about the popular culture.

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