Thursday 01 October 1998
JANE CAMPION'S latest production, Holy Smoke, seems to be offending ethnic faiths wherever it goes. Harvey Keitel plays the guru of a cult who has an affair with an Australian acolyte, Kate Winslet.
Following rumoured tensions with Aborigines while filming in Australia, Campion has incurred the wrath of a Hindu sect. The Purohit Sangh protested in particular at filming in the Baiji temple, into which, they claim, foreigners are not allowed.
A Hindu Nationalist leader told Agence-France Presse: "Why have they given it the name `Holy Smoke'? We don't want anyone to hurt the sentiments of our religion."
The producer, Deepak Nayer, says the film has had "the highest regard for all religions and Hindu temples, customs and their values".
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