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Hindus & Don'ts

''The Legend of Bagger Vance'''s Hindu parallels -- The Will Smith golf film was based on the Bhagavad Gita

''The Legend of Bagger Vance'''s Hindu parallels

Bhagavad Gita
Set in India, circa 3,000 B.C.
Arjuna is a warrior-hero and champion archer who loses his nerve.
Krishna, disguised as Arjuna's humble charioteer, appears out of nowhere to offer spiritual and practical advice.
In the Mahabharata, Arjuna's captured wife strips for his enemies but Vishnu gives her an endless sari to preserve her modesty.

Bagger Vance
Set in Georgia, circa '30s A.D.
R. Junuh (Matt Damon) is a war hero and champion golfer who loses his ''authentic swing.''
Bagger (Smith), disguised as Junuh's humble caddy, appears out of nowhere to offer spiritual and practical advice.
Junuh's captivating lover (Charlize Theron) strips for him but director Redford gives her an opaque slip to preserve a PG-13.

Edited by Kristen Baldwin

Originally posted Nov 17, 2000 Published in issue #596 May 18, 2001 Order article reprints