Oppenheimer movie review: Its connection with the Bhagavad Gita

The biopic of Robert Oppenheimer, the mind behind the world’s first atomic bomb, released recently. The movie is in buzz in Indian audience as there is a connection with the Bhagavad Gita. Oppenheimer had a long and documented fascination with the Bhagavad Gita. He learned Sanskrit in the early 1930s while working at Berkeley, after befriending a professor of the language. “We knew the world would not be the same,” he said onscreen. “A few people laughed; a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multiarmed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”