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“Love Guru” Designed to Inspire Laughter, Not Outrage

India West, Posted: Jun 23, 2008

OAKLAND, CA -- The comedy “The Love Guru” has ruffled feathers before it’s even been released, writes India West. Rajan Zed, a Hindu community leader from Reno, Nevada has attacked the film as insensitive toward spiritual seekers and Hindus worldwide, who hold the guru-disciple as sacred.” Marco Schnabel, the film’s director disagrees. “It’s more a parody of self-help and New Age." There was nothing religious at all in our production design and we never used any icons or deities. So (Zed) is entitled to his opinion, but he should see the film first.” Mike Myers, the star and writer of the film, grew up watching late night Bollywood films on Toronto cable television and calls his film a parody. Myers says he tried to capture the spirit of Bollywood by trying different color tones and dance routines, used prominently in Bollywood films. The biggest challenge for him came in trying to juxtapose two very different worlds, “you have the ashram and Indian influences, and then you have hockey. Those are worlds that don’t connect very easily. For me, visually, I had to find color palettes and ways that they could each influence each other.”

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