It’s amazing how different cultures and different parts of the world respond differently to stories from other parts of the world. In New Delhi Indian eye doctors have asked a court to ban a movie entitled Naina (official site/trailer), which means ‘Eyes’, because, “This movie could create a fear psychosis among cornea recipients and their relatives as well as among potential eye donors.” Read on for the whole interesting story…
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian eye doctors have asked a court to ban a movie in which the heroine sees ghosts after a cornea transplant, saying it will scare off donors and patients.
The All India Ophthalmological Society complained to Delhi’s high court that the movie “Naina” (Eyes), starring Bollywood bombshell Urmila Matondkar, would reinforce myths about cornea transplants, The Times of India said Friday.
“This movie could create a fear psychosis among cornea recipients and their relatives as well as among potential eye donors,” ophthalmologist Navin Sakhuja told Reuters.
Would-be donors could be frightened off, afraid their eyes would “live on after they are dead,” said Sakhuja, a member of the society. “We have a huge backlog of people, particularly children, waiting to get new corneas. This movie adds to misconceptions and could hurt efforts to get them those corneas.”
Naina’s director says the heroine’s visions after the transplant following 20 years of blindness are caused by what the donor had seen and experienced in life.
“If such objections are taken into account, no horror film will ever be made,” the Times quoted Shripal Morakhia saying.
The court is due to hear the case Wednesday, but the movie was released nationally Friday. India needs 40,000-50,000 corneas a year but only 15,000 are donated.
Hindus believe in reincarnation and that what they do and how they behave in this life affects the next. Doctors say some people fear they will be reborn blind if they give up their eyes.