Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gopaal Krishna, the Movie (and others!)

Recently I watched the 1979 Bollywood movie, "Gopaal Krishna", starring Zarina Wahab and Sachin, with English subtitles.

One thing that stood out for me is how many similarities Krishna's story has with that of Jesus and Yahweh, which convinces me even more that Yahweh and Krishna are the same entity. Below are the similarities that I picked up on:

● A King wanting to destroy a messiah-child who has been prophesied to destroy the King
● Prison locks popping open and prison guards falling asleep to permit prisoner’s escape
● Parting of waters to permit crossing
● The King ordering all newborn babies killed in order to ensure the messiah child hidden among them doesn’t live.

● Krishna tells Radha (His female companion), "Oh Radha, I am in you and you are in Me." Just like Jesus saying "On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you." (John 14:20) and "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. " (John 15:4)
● Krishna casts out various demons (more territorial than personal, such as one that was poisoning the river as a multi-headed cobra-like serpent and another that took the form of a bull and attacked the cowherders.
The incident involving the above-mentioned serpent, Kaliya, is similar to one referred to in Psalm 74:13-14, where Yahweh is said to have "broken the heads of the monster in the waters", and "crushed the heads of Leviathan". Like Kaliya, it would seem that Leviathan had more than one head too; could be the same monster, same incident, same God putting him in his place. :)

● Krishna loves and shepherds His cows like Jesus does His sheep.
I also have to say that the actor chosen to play Krishna (Sachin Pilgaonkar) did a fantastic job of conveying the sort of bearing and grace that an Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent God, Who is Love, would undoubtedly possess; almost as though Krishna Himself had come down personally to appear in the film. :)

The movie helped me further to solidify, in my own mind (and heart) what God is like in a more tangible way, reminding me that He is not only a nebulous, vague, impersonal "Force" but also an actual Person with Whom one can interact.

Below are links to the movie with English subtitles (four parts), plus the full movie without subtitles.
I noticed that the English Subtitle version omits at least one scene found in the original, but the main storyline is still there.

 Update:  The following installments appeared in separate postings subsequent to what I wrote above, but I figured I would consolidate them all here.  They deal with two other Krishna movies, starring the same actor as Krishna, confirming  my hunch that he was 'anointed and appointed' for the role. :)

Shri Krishna Leela

Awhile after discovering the above movie, I found another old movie about Krishna, with the same actor as in the previous one I posted about, but about 8 years younger (around 14 years of age). It's called Shri Krishna Leela, and it came out in 1971. Compared to the other version, this one dwells a bit more on Krishna's mischievous side. He means well, though; He's supposed to be God Himself, so I would hope He means well!

The following version includes English subtitles.

Jai Bolo Chakradhari

I have found yet another film, from back in 1977, where Sachin again plays the role of Lord Krishna, titled "Jai Bolo Chakradhari".  

I have no idea what they're saying in the movie, or what the title even means, but according to, this is a "religious film about a pious woman [who] is a devotee of Lord Krishna. He empowers her to overcome all difficulties and deal with the humiliation heaped on her by her mother-in-law."  

I sort of scanned through it; there's a sweet scene about 51 minutes into the film where they alternate between Krishna dancing in the Heavenlies with people, as meanwhile, down on earth, people are also dancing ... the phrase "on earth as it is in Heaven" crossed my mind on seeing that; as above, so below.