Its interesting to note that the Indian government is considering pandering to the demands of religious groups, and banning the Da Vinci Code movie. Now, while Tom Hanks tops my list of favorite actors, I still have to be fair and admit that the movie probably sucks, based on my reading of the book. But the ban is ridiculous! The logic behind the move is something like this (Imaginary conversation follows between Religion Upholder and Me):
RU : I don't like this movie. It insults my God.
Me : But you haven't even seen it yet....
RU : All the same, it insults my God, I don't like it. I didn't like that book either.
Me : Oh, if thats whats getting you - honestly, I didn't like it either! What a dumb book - I mean, long-lost bhai-behen recognise each other through two halves of a dabba...Tell me about Bollywood ishtyle endings...And what about that..
RU : I don't know about all that, I haven't read it. But I didn't like it. It insults my God.
Me : In that case, why dont you, ahem, not watch the movie either?
RU : Grrr, you don't get it. Who reads books? But movies are seen by everyone, young children, old people, the super-religious upholders - they will all forget their religion once they see this, WHY DONT YOU GET THAT!
ME : In that case, they don't need to see it, do they. I am not offering you a free ticket, see.
RU : No, no, no. It insults my God. I won't allow it. You atheists and immoral people, I won't allow you to see it other.
ME : Duh, I am already atheist and immoral, what harm in allowing me to see it. Surely I can't be corrupted any more... Please allow us to see it, please, please, pretty please....
At this point, Mr. Government Man steps in and announces that we were in danger of escalating into a communal riot, by offending religious sentiments. The movie is banned. RU celeberates, offering up on the altar the sacrifice of another movie (Insert : Book/Play/Song/Toy/Food/Anything) and waits for his rewards in heaven.