‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ irks Hindu leaders by referring to Lord Krishna


Marvel Entertainment’s upcoming superhero film ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ which released its official trailer recently has ran into a controversy over a dialogue.

The trailer has a scene where the main antagonist Apocalypse compares himself with Lord Krishna which has offended Hindu religious leaders. Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, is heard saying, "I have been called many things over many lifetimes - Ra, Krishna, Yahweh." Apocalypse is also introduced as blue-coloured, just like the deity.

According to US-based religious statesman Rajan Zed, the reference to Lord Krishna in Apocalypse is demeaning and hurts Hindu sentiments as billions of people worship Krishna. The spiritual leader who is the President of an organization called Universal Society of Hinduism, demanded that filmmaker Bryan Singer remove all references associated to Lord Krishna from the film's trailer, and consequently, the film itself.

In a statement, Rajan Zed, said, "such trivialization of Lord Krishna, who is revered in Hinduism, is inappropriate and disturbing to devotees.”

“Lord Krishna was meant to be worshipped in temples or homes or shrines, not for pushing movies for the mercantile greed of filmmakers. The inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda is not okay," the statement read.

He also suggested that Hollywood executives be trained in religious and cultural sensitivity so that they have an understanding of the feelings of audiences and communities when creating new products. Hollywood is welcome to make films about Krishna, he said, as long as "the final product remain true to the scriptures and not a fantasised or re-imagined version," he added.

He also tweeted about the ‘inappropriate’ reference of villain to Lord Krishna by posting, “Comparing #Krishna to villain #Apocalypse in #XMenApocalypse trailer was inappropriate. Delete references to Krishna unless scripture based.”

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is the third and final instalment of X-Men First Class movie series and ninth film of the X-Men film series. The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in key roles and is scheduled to release in May 2016.

Meanwhile, there has been no response on the issue from the makers of the film as yet.