Actor Randeep Hooda Calls “Oppenheimer” a Propaganda Film, Raises Questions on American Cinema

Randeep Hooda

In a recent interview, Indian actor Randeep Hooda, known for his role in the film “Swatantrya Veer Savarkar”, expressed his views on American filmmaking. He specifically called out Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning film “Oppenheimer“, starring Cillian Murphy, labeling it as a ‘propaganda’ film.

Randeep Hooda’s film, which was released on March 22, marks his directorial debut and is based on the life of freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. During a conversation about the making of his film, Hooda raised questions about the portrayal of Americans in their own cinema.

In his interview with Ranveer Allahabadia, Hooda suggested that America tends to produce ‘propaganda’ films where Americans are depicted as heroes. He pointed out the aftermath of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, events that were central to the plot of “Oppenheimer”.

Randeep Hooda stated, “America made Oppenheimer. That man built the atomic bomb. It was such a painful incident… in Japan, on civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they detonated the bomb at night, but they’re good guys. America is the good guy. What did they do in Vietnam? Their movies are propaganda, their movies tell the entire world that ‘we are the best army, we are the good guys. Japanese, Germans are bad’ and history also has the same thing, because they have written history. But this is not true.

The actor further remarked that the US also claims that aliens always come to their country and that aliens can only spot America. He criticized the American film industry for glorifying their heroes like Oppenheimer and Truman while he believes that Indian cinema often demeans its heroes due to political vendetta.

Despite Randeep Hooda’s critique, “Oppenheimer”, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Cillian Murphy as the physicist, was honored at the prestigious Academy Awards in various categories. Meanwhile, Hooda’s latest release, co-starring Ankita Lokhande as Yamunaibai Savarkar, graced the silver screens earlier this week and was produced by Zee Studios, Anand Pandit, Sandeep Singh, Yogesh Rahar, and Randeep Hooda himself.

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