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Bollywood’s Ayn Rand

Posted by Jerry on March 2, 2007

In one of my earlier posts, I had provided some plausible explanations for Ayn Rand’s wide popularity and respect in India. It appears that practically every person in India who is an avid reader or aspires to be known as an intellectual has read Ayn Rand. Fortunately, not all of them reject her radical philosophy outright, and many more have gained at least some value from her works.

However, from this recent article on a new Bollywood movie purpotedly based on Ayn Rand’s unauthorized biography by Barbara Branden, there are hints that the smears on Rand’s life, legacy, and philosophy–which began in America–may be slowly gaining traction in India as well.

The movie claims that Rand’s romantic and personal relationships formed the inspiration for its theme of a love story between a 50-some year old man and an 18 year old girl. Keeping aside my own views on such a relationship (actually, I couldn’t care less), I am thoroughly disgusted and annoyed that Rand’s name has been dragged into this stupid affair. In truth, however, the blame does not lie on the producer/director of this movie for making such an unwarranted attribution to Rand.

Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the article. Those who know about the people being referred to in the excerpt will also be able to identify the errors in the spellings of their names (although, these are not the only kind of errors contained therein).

“I’ve not admitted this to anybody,” [Ram Gopal Verma] says lowering his voice “but Nishabd [the movie] is somewhere inspired from the biography of renowned author Ayn Rand. All of us who are well versed with the author know that her books open with a dedication line: ‘Nethhil Brandon is no longer associated with my philosophy of objectives.’ I have read so many of her books but never understood this until I read her biography Passion of Ayn Rand by Barbara Brandon, wife of Nethhil Brandon. Suddenly the name rang a bell and the mystery resolved. I learnt that Ayn Rand (50) was attracted to her ardent disciple, Nethhil (28), a married man and so the four of them, Ayn Rand, her husband, her disciple Nethhil and his wife sat across and discussed the issue…

“It sounds unreal but the respective partners accepted the third relationship. This could be a result of Ayn Rand’s power and charisma but her husband and Nethhil’s wife mutely reconciled to her decision. Logic tells us that their future relationships would have been scarred. For both of them more than the sexual betrayal was a rejection of identity.”

Ignoring everything else, I am simply dumbfounded by this statement: “Logic tells us that their future relationships would have been scarred.” — Logic? Really!?

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