Doctors call to ban Naina, the Indian remake of The Eye
24th May 05
Here's an interesting little story concerning the classic Pang brothers ghost story (and big favourite of ours here at eatmybrains), The Eye.
It seems that in New Delhi, Indian eye doctors are asking to ban the Indian remake (called Naina - see the official website and trailer at nainathefilm.com/) in which the heroine sees ghosts after a cornea transplant, saying it will scare off donors and patients.
Yahoo Story Excerpts: "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."
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.
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.