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In cinemas soon: Hero Hitler in Love. (autoplaying audio)

Official synopsis: "Hero Hitler in love revolves around Hitler (Babbu Maan) who lives in his village Ishqpura. Hitler is a man with unique and different thoughts who loves his fellow villagers and helps them unite with their soul mates. Hitler falls in love with Sahiban (Mouni Roy) who lives in Pakistan and decides to bring her to his village. Hitler believes in solving the problems by talking about them but when something crosses the line he decides to become real Adolf Hitler. Hitler loves car racing but when he is set up to fail in the Asian car racing competition he decides to take revenge. The story shapes how Hitler takes his revenge and fights to win his girl and reunite both the nations."

The film appears to be a Bollywoodesque twist on the Punjabi literary tradition of tragic love stories.
posted by vidur (34 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
I don't care if he's a middle-easterner, dude still deserves a birthday cake.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:05 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


You know who else was a man with unique and different thoughts?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:05 PM on October 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


i'm sorry, all i can think of is this from mst3k. ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KyKdM-4uZw
posted by usagizero at 6:09 PM on October 18, 2011 [10 favorites]


A story about a passionate art student who overcame obstacles and changed the world! It'll be the new indie sensation.

oh wait

also I had this whole thing aboout River Song hooking up with and killing Hitler, but it didn't happen
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:10 PM on October 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


someone check who the producers are.
posted by The Whelk at 6:12 PM on October 18, 2011 [14 favorites]


You don't know how hard me and my best friend are laughing right now.
posted by azarbayejani at 6:13 PM on October 18, 2011


All I can think of is this from Goats, the Webcomic:

Good Hitler vs. Space Hitler

and the inevitable sequel Quantum of Hitlers.

you realize that you're going to have to click through several weeks of comics to get ALL the jokes, don't you?
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:14 PM on October 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Presumably this all happens in the springtime.
posted by w0mbat at 6:15 PM on October 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Even Hitler had a Girlfriend....
posted by blaneyphoto at 6:15 PM on October 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


India's Hitler Fetish

Germans Cringe at Hitler's Popularity in Pakistan
posted by neroli at 6:22 PM on October 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


This is completely false. Hero Hitler is on CNN right now participating in the Republican Presidential debate. He is not from that part of the world nor does he have that heritage. Sheesh.
posted by TrolleyOffTheTracks at 6:34 PM on October 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh man, I just clicked the Hero Hitler in Love link.
This should come with an earworm alert.
I'll be humming this for a while.
posted by dougzilla at 6:45 PM on October 18, 2011


neroli's links floored me. Hero Hitler in Love is not an aberration.

At traffic lights in Delhi and other Indian cities, it's not uncommon to sight Hitler's "Mein Kampf" among cheap, pirated editions of books by new age gurus Paulo Coelho and Eckhart Tolle, the self-help prophet Stephen Covey, and the popular Indian novelist Chetan Bhagat. "Mein Kampf" sells upward of 70,000 copies a year in India, a market where the informal benchmark for a bestseller is less than a tenth that number.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 7:06 PM on October 18, 2011


The funniest part about this is clicking on the cast and finding it contains both "Hitler" and "Villain" and that they are not the same role.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:15 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


All I can think of is the Monty Python Herr Hilter sketch. (Google spell correct *didn't* help me find it...)
posted by A dead Quaker at 7:24 PM on October 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


I like how there's an entry in the cast list for "Heroin's father". I assume they're referring to Charles Romley Alder Wright.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 7:58 PM on October 18, 2011


justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow: "books by new age gurus Paulo Coelho and Eckhart Tolle"

Wait, Coelho is a pretty trite novelist, but since when is he a "new age guru"?
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 8:00 PM on October 18, 2011


He doesn't have a cape though.
posted by Artw at 9:54 PM on October 18, 2011


Reading around from some of the links here, apparently Hitler in Love wowed Indian cinema-goers this year as well, but the director says it's not a tribute.
posted by Abiezer at 10:19 PM on October 18, 2011


It's the inevitable and sad tendency for history to march towards meaninglessness.
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 10:28 PM on October 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


It's about time an actual Aryan played Hitler.
posted by hanoixan at 10:28 PM on October 18, 2011 [10 favorites]


I know what you mean PostIronyIsNotAMyth, but in a way it's kind of reassuring that one of the most evil men in history has become a punchline a thousand times over. This is not a person we should be treating with reverence.
posted by JHarris at 10:38 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is this mainstream Bollywood (never heard of this fellow) or a random vernacular movie most likely self produced by the lead artiste?
posted by infini at 10:46 PM on October 18, 2011


Somebody made a deliberate choice to make a movie so seemingly stupid.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:53 PM on October 18, 2011


Is this mainstream Bollywood (never heard of this fellow) or a random vernacular movie most likely self produced by the lead artiste?

This isn't meainstream Bollywood, as the language is Punjabi. But Punjabi language/culture is far more mainstream than other intra-India cultures/languages. A very large number of mainstream Bollywood films are made by folks who trace their roots to Punjab. In fact, in my opinion, most Hindi movies are Punjabi in terms of the culture they depict.

The "hero" of this movie is a well-known and successful singer.

Self-production is a mainstream trend in Bollywood as well, as it allows the stars to have a lower personal income (and thus lower personal taxes) in return for greater corporate income for companies they run to produce the movies. This has been going on ever since Indian movies started doing well in overseas markets, thanks to the Non Resident Indian population.
posted by vidur at 11:11 PM on October 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's just part of the natural evolution of history.
posted by FatherDagon at 11:25 PM on October 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


My wife's company is about 50% first generation immigrant Indians. For the company halloween party, there was a costume contest where the employees voted for the best one. The winner? A female Adolf Hitler, who proceeded to bark in faux German as she accepted the prize. The North Americans were stunned and the Indians thought it was hilarious.

A concerned friend mentioned discreetly to the winner that the cultural eqivalent would be dressing as Gahndi's assassin. You get a pass only if you're Charlie Chaplin.
posted by benzenedream at 12:10 AM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Apparently there's some anime/manga called Axis Powers Hetalia, and some people do cosplay as Hitler, Germany, and Stalin.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 12:14 AM on October 19, 2011


Finally, it's springtime for Hitler!
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:45 AM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Don't mention the war!"
posted by Stoatfarm at 5:39 AM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I bet you this movie becomes a hit every where but Canada, the US, and Germany. No, I did not forget about Israel; I bet it does huge in their foreign movie market.
posted by Renoroc at 7:03 AM on October 19, 2011


So that explains the *Extremely* weird Bollywood film I saw on TV in Sarajevo! thanks!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 7:10 AM on October 19, 2011


"You be careful Hitler; You're a special boy!"
posted by HermanoBluth at 8:25 AM on October 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


And Hitler takes his girl to T.G.I.Fridays?

That IS love!
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:37 AM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


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