Cillian Murphy, who has received acclaim for his depiction of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man who invented the atomic bomb, was recently asked whether he would be open to playing Ken, Barbie’s lover in the Barbie movie, played by Ryan Gosling. The well-known actor kindly replied to Cinefilos, “Sure,
Oppenheimer released in India with several early morning shows and reviews for the movie have been pouring in. The film features Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, and Florence Pugh in lead roles. An intimate sequence between Murphy and Pugh has landed in controversy. Read on
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ has taken over as the biggest box-office debut in the US and worldwide by a solo-woman director, raking in $337 million at the global box office. The film’s collections surpass the collections made by the Anna Boden directed ‘Captain Marvel’ and Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’.
However, true to the continuing trend at the Indian box office, Oppenheimer is still performing better than Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, which stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles. In the opening weekend, the film had excellent figures of Rs 14.5 crores and went on to settle at Rs 17.5 crore by Sunday. But on Monday, when it made Rs 7 crore, the movie saw a drop in ticket sales of approximately 59 per cent. Barbie‘s box office results have been steadily declining ever since.
The sex scene in which Florence Pugh requests that Cillian Murphy read Sanskrit poetry from a book whose cover is not seen has landed Oppenheimer in controversy in India. The book in question is obviously the Bhagavad Gita as Oppenheimer says the words, “Now, I am become Death, destroyer of the world.” The question of why the sacred Bhagavad Gita (a religious book in Hinduism) was included in a sex scene has caused millions of devoted Hindu followers to take offence. This could be one of the reasons for the dip in box office figures of Oppenheimer.