“Those scenes were written deliberately. Nolan knew that those scenes would get the movie the rating that it got. And I think when you see it, it’s so f*****g powerful. And they’re not gratuitous. They’re perfect.”

That’s how Cillian Murphy feels about the sex scenes

But Hindus might not agree with the Oppenheimer Actor. Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) is reciting the Sloka “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” while having sex with Tatlock (Florence Pugh) as she asks Oppenheimer to read a verse from a book that seems to be the Bhagavad Gita. Hindus might be proud of the fact that Oppenheimer indeed read the Bhagavad Gita, but the sex scene while reading it is being seen as disrespectful.

This is the first time Christopher Nolan has featured a sex scene in his movie, but it has already sparked a controversy. In one of his recent interviews, he revealed that he was nervous and had to plan and prepare carefully since he had never worked in this area.

“I try not to be self-conscious about why something is going into a film, just as I try not to think, ‘What haven’t I done before?’” Nolan said in an interview with The Telegraph UK.

Christopher Nolan described why the movie plot entails such intimate scenes. As portrayed in the movie, Oppenheimer was a ladies’ man, he was having extramarital affairs with someone who happened to be a communist. Perhaps this part of his life was also a reason for his downfall. Nolan described in an interview, “He (Oppenheimer) was being interrogated about the most intimate details about his entire life and the witnesses who would testify, he was sitting three feet behind them the entire time. His wife was sitting right behind him as these most intimate details of his life were being unfolded and he was being split open for all to see.”

In an interview with Insider, Christopher Nolan expressed the necessity of such scenes,

“So it felt very important to understand their relationship and to really see inside it and understand what made it tick without being coy or allusive about it, but to try to be intimate, to try and be in there with him and fully understand the relationship that was so important to him.”

As Kitty (played by Emily Blunt) was visualizing her husband and Tatlock having sex, we can clearly see the rage, jealousy felt by her. We can feel what Nolan wants to show to his audience and why Cillian described them as perfect, but the question is whether the involvement of Bhagavad Gita during the sex scene was necessary or not.

This is the first time Florence Pugh and Christopher Nolan collaborate. Nolan shared his thought on working with Pugh during one of his interviews,

“I met with her and immediately felt a creative connection……. I felt this is somebody who could bring Jean Tatlock to life and have the audience understand the significance of this figure in Oppenheimer’s life”

Murphy also revealed that he had to read the Bhagavad Gita in order to prepare himself for the role of Oppenheimer and even described it as an absolutely beautiful and very inspiring text.

No doubt the movie is a masterpiece but it has already been tainted with the hatred from the hindu fans. The 94% rating in Rotten Tomatoes Rating site, clearly shows the appreciation from moviegoers, meanwhile in India the scene involving Bhagavat Gita already sparked a huge controversy among the fans

Even some of the fans criticized Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for releasing the movie in India without removing the scene.

“It is a great granth which can lead the entire world…To demean the book in such a manner is an assault on our civilization and Hindu community,” said Uday Mahurkar, Founder of Save Culture Save India Foundation and Central Information Commissioner.


Leave a Reply