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      Anupam bids goodbye to Dear friend Hitler

      By Kalyani Prasad Keshri

      There was a lot of Buzz about the veteran actor Anupam Kher playing the German dictator Adolf Hitler in a Bollywood film titled Dear Friend Hitler. Anupam Kher, opted out of the project stating, “I wish to withdraw from the film because it is creating ill feelings among my fans and I respect their sentiments. I was never affected by commercial considerations but social opinions always matter to me."

      A small Jewish community in India has protested against the film, which led Kher to take this stand. The film has been facing criticism mainly from European media. It is said that the film does not depict the usual anti-Hitler stance. In fact, speaking about the film, the director Rakesh Ranjan Kumar stated, “It will depict Hitler"s love for India and his indirect contribution to the Indian independence. I want to show his personality, his charisma and insecurities during the last few days of his life."

      Kher is now shooting for Mausam in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kher said that the critics have no idea about the script of the film, which do not glorify Hitler. Echoing the same feeling, director Rakesh Ranjan Kumar said, “People protesting against the film, has taken it the wrong way."

      According to the chairman of the Indian Jewish Federation, Jonathan Solomon, “The filmmaker is hurting the feelings of the Jewish community who have suffered a lot." Hitler"s strong negative impact here reflects from a small incident in Mumbai back in 2006, when a small restaurant had to change its name from "Hitler's Cross" to "Cross Cafe" following strong protests. After a year, a home furnishing maker in Mumbai also faced similar protests from the Jewish community, which named its products 'NAZI" and used the swastika in its promotional catalog.

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