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Hindus Furious About 'Love Guru' After Screening

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Jun 21, 2008 | 3:48am EDT

Movie executives at Paramount Pictures have honored their promise to preview Mike Myers' new film The Love Guru for concerned Hindu leaders in Los Angeles.

Hindus, led by Rajan Zed, campaigned to see the film before its release on Friday--in an attempt to make sure their fears about the movie were overblown.

But the screening has only served to bolster the religious opposition to the film, which Zed and his followers insist is disrespectful to Hindus and their beliefs.

Zed has now urged Hindus around the world to boycott the movie, claiming it "lampoons Hinduism and Hindu concepts and uses Hindu terms frivolously."

After attending the screening on Thursday, Zed rages, "The Love Guru is even more denigrating than we earlier perceived from the information gathered from trailers, Web sites and other sources.

"Mike Myers' guru instigates a bar fight, repeatedly narrates penis jokes, mocks yoga, one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, wears female jewelry, mocks the concept of third eye, makes disciples drink tea passed through his nose, orders alligator soup, induces elephant copulation in front of the crowd, introduces himself as 'His Holiness,' lives in a lavish ashram staffed with scantily clad maids, and whose goal in life seems to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show."

And the Hindu leader has suggested other religious groups should give the film, in which Myers plays an oddball guru named Pitka, a pass.

He adds, "Today it is Hinduism; tomorrow Hollywood might attempt to denigrate another religions.

"Hinduism is often misunderstood and wrongly portrayed outside India. Movies like this bring more confusion and create stereotypes in the minds of audience."

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