Monday, June 12, 2006

The Code.


Saw the Da Vinci Code, a long time back. But two posts on karname of Mr. Arjun Singh, and then an instinctive one on Pune Traffic mean that I couldn't write on it until now.

Previously I had written about the book, that I had liked the facts more than the fiction. The facts about pi were most fascinating. The fiction part (or was it really fictitious?) was very audacious and shocking for me to read initially. But several dozen documentaries on Discovery and The History Channel later, it is all I remember from the book.

The movie is really bold, with Sony Pictures not giving a disclaimer about the stuff being fictitious. Again the ending was a bit modified in the movie. With Sophie mockingly trying to walk on water, and then joking about the wine thing.

Just before the climax, she asks Langdon, whether she should reveal to the world, the truth about Jesus's Bloodline, and hence his mortality. To this Langdon cites, that as a kid he had once fallen in a well. Being raised as a Catholic, he yelled and hoped that he will be rescued by God. Eventually someone helped him and he was rescued.

And thus he implied that, although he thought that God does not exist, the faith is necessary for people. So in a way the makers of the movie almost re-endorsed Jesus's mortality and hence him being non Divine.

I seriously agree with this; if we think rationally, all of us will realize the prophets being not divine. We should accept them as great men, after which great 'Books' were written. The divine force was just an attempt by people to explain non understood phenomenons.

In any case I do wish to visit The Louvre, Church of Saint Sulpice, Templar Church, and Westminster Abbey, the sites mentioned in the book. And that too now, pretty soon, and not when I am fifty and ugly!

7 comments:

The Bhandari's said...

I haven't seen the movie but have heard so much about it that I would definitly like to watch it :)

Aditya Pethe said...

The movie rocks. I agree that we need to think of prophets as gr8 men. People need to realise that following old religious books to the letter to letter is ill-adviced.They should consider these books as a set of guidelines, rather than following it letter-by-letter.

Roodge said...

dude...sorry about not pickin ur call..been busy with school and work.

I didnt read the book..never got a chance. I didnt personally find the movie all that great. Atleast not within the fitting of the hype. I think ill have to give the book a read.

anand krsna said...

You said it all, i loved the movie too...may be coz i dint get a chance to read the book...
ya...i want to visit the places you mentioned....man that would be some experience...

but one place i wuld love to be there given a chance..Jerusalem..

Pratik said...

@aditya, i guess wht ur saying is changing too, altough slowly, with the amount of ppl on atheist communities on orkut, tht too ppl from all previous religeous backgrounds.

@anand, yaa, jerusalem can be an interesting place to visit, if we can make it back safely though. I more place worth visiting can be the vatican. what say?

anand krsna said...

pratik...yes its not that safe...but until you step on some arab settlements towards the west bank...it should be a safer trip..

and i just added you on orkut....just came to know from your comments..

Pratik said...

@anand, as long as hamas SBs dont catch u in israel it will be fine ;)