Singapore clears 'The Love Guru' for screening

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Singapore, Jul 2 (UNI) A Singapore Films Council Panel here today cleared ''The Love Guru'' for screening, which has been banned in India for hurting the sentiment of Hindus.

According to media reports, the 60-member panel, including three Hindus, cleared the film as a work of fiction and unanimously concluded that it was not denigrating any religion.

Hindu groups in India and the United States had protested against the film, contending that it was lampooning Hinduism and using Hindu terms frivolously.

Hindu Janajagruti Samiti had also called for a boycott of the film which has comedian Mike Myers playing the role of Guru Pitka, an American who grew up in India and became a Hindu wise man.

The Singapore panel chairman Vijay Chandran said, ''We thought it was much ado about nothing.'' The 81-minute film began screening on June 20 and is scheduled to start showing here on September 4.

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