Monday, March 16, 2009
Read about the actor & his religion in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Chaplin (check under Other Controversies)
Report on 21.03.2009
Chaplin statue: Personally, I have a great admiration for Chaplin. I have visited places where he shot his movies and the train in which he’d travel at California. The director wanted to erect a 67-foot statue close to the Shaneshwara temple. As per the Coastal Regulation Zone rules, structures taller than 30 feet are not allowed. Moreover, he had not taken permission. The issue was not about Chaplin’s religion, but about the violation of prescribed rules...Dr VSAcharya
California place referenced above is Niles Canyon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niles_Canyon) near Fremont, California (in San Francisco Bay Area). Chaplin's most memorable film "The Tramp" was shot here. Today one can see few remnants of Chaplin in this small town. There are Chaplin statues on storefronts and a museum celebrating era of silent movies.
Niles Canyon was a prominent railway stop of transcontinental railroad those days. Today Niles Canyon Railway is maintained by volunteers and one can ride this heritage train (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niles_Canyon)
While on a personal visit to USA in 2003, Acharya visited these places as a Charlie Chaplin fan