- When Deepa Mehta shoots the film in Varanasi, the crew is quite literally hounded out of town. Any attempts to find alternative locations in India are met with intense hostility and lack of support.
- The film's release is blocked in India, thanks to threats of violent protests and "punitive measures" by fundamentalist Hindu watchdog groups and political parties.
- The film is discarded as misrepresenting India, and the horrible Rang De Basanti is picked as India's entry to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category.
- After RDB is duly eliminated from contention, India flails around to salvage pride, and on Sunday, the Mumbai newspapers carry a quarter-page ad claiming that India is behind Water, all the way (I'll put this image up as soon as I scan it. -S.).
Shame on you, public India. Shame! Shame!