Controversy surrounds Oppenheimer film in India and the Middle East due to digitally altered scene with black dress


25th July 2023 – (New Delhi) Oppenheimer is a gripping biographical thriller film written and directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan. The film, based on the 2005 biography American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, follows the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist who played a crucial role in developing the first nuclear weapons during the Manhattan Project.

The movie boasts an impressive cast, with Cillian Murphy delivering a standout performance as Oppenheimer. Emily Blunt portrays Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, while Matt Damon plays General Leslie Groves, Oppenheimer’s military handler. Robert Downey Jr. rounds out the main cast as Lewis Strauss, a senior member of the United States Atomic Energy Commission. The ensemble supporting cast includes Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, and Kenneth Branagh.

It should be noted that in the Indian and Middle Eastern versions of the film, a particular scene was digitally altered. In the scene, Kornelia Polk (played by Florence Pugh) is seen in an intimate moment with Oppenheimer in a hotel room, sitting on an armchair in a seductive pose. However, in the Indian and Middle Eastern versions of the film, the filmmakers used digital effects to add a black dress to cover up her curves, making it the only scene in the entire film to use such an effect. This decision was likely made to respect the cultural sensitivities of those regions.