The fact that a line from Bhagwad Gita was used in this context during an intimate scene has led to an outrage on the internet as Indians aren’t happy about it.
That has also led to the ministry of Information and Broadcasting taking a stern stand against it, reportedly. Meanwhile,Nitish Bhardwaj who is still recognised for playing Lord Krishna in Mahabharata has reacted to it. Nitish expressed to ETimes, “Gita fundamentally teaches a sense of duty in the middle of a battlefield. Metaphorically, our life struggles, mainly emotional, are the battlefields. The shloka 11.32 was also told to Arjun to do his duty as a warrior, which is to fight the evil. Krishna’s entire shloka must be understood properly. He says that I am the eternal time who will kill everything; so everyone will die even if you don’t kill them. So do your duty.”
He further pointed out, “When Oppenheimer created the atom bomb & it was used to kill most of Japan’s population, he was himself questioning whether he did his duty properly ! His famous interview showed him in tears, which means that he had probably regretted his own invention. He probably saw that his invention will destroy the human race in future & he was probably remorseful. The use of this verse in the film should also be understood from Oppenheimer’s emotional state of mind. A scientist thinks of his creation 24x7x365 days, irrespective of what he is doing. His mind space is consumed fully of his creation & the physical act is just a natural mechanical act. “
Nitish further appeals to the audience to interpret Nolan’s message correctly. “I appeal to people to think of this emotional aspect of Oppenheimer’s important moments of life. Isn’t he proved correct that now we see all the explosive technologies killing our own race – for human greed of territorial & commercial superiority, without any sense of larger duty as an individual or a nation or a planet. The situation today is the same as Kurukshetra, which is why the Brahmins & Kshatriyas consciously did not propagate the Veda of warfare – Dhanurveda. The UN must enforce nuclear disarmament seriously. Nolan’s message is loud & clear!”