Scam 1992 star Pratik Gandhi’s Bollywood debut as a leading hero is just around the corner with the Hardik Gajjar-directed Bhavai, also featuring Aindrita Ray. The film is a love story of two theatre actors and is scheduled to release theatrically on October 1. However, before the release, the film had to undergo a title change.
The film was slated to release under the title Raavan Leela, however, due to public backlash and protests, the makers decided to change the name of the film to Bhavai. There was also a dialogue in the trailer where Pratik’s character curiously asks one of his co-actors in the film why was Raavan considered evil, even though the circumstances were a little bit similar for both him and Lord Ram. That dialogue had also come under the radar of the people.
Now, the producer of the film, Jayantilal Gada’s Pen Studios, has released a statement regarding the issue. The statement reads, “Our film ‘BHAVAI’ is a fictional love story of two individuals, Raja Ram Joshi (Pratik Gandhi) and Rani (Aindrita Ray) working in a drama company and how their life changes off stage. The film promo was released under the title, “Raavan Leela” as the protagonist is a drama actor who plays the role of Raavan in the drama. With due respect to the concerns regarding the title of the promo and a dialogue in the promo, we wish to clarify that the dialogue and the above title ‘Raavan Leela’ is not a part of the film and has been removed from the promo as well respecting the sentiments of religious beliefs.”
The statement further read, “We have the highest regard for Hindu culture and the Ramayana. The Film and/or any portion thereof does not hurt any religious sentiments or religious beliefs. The film ‘Bhavai’ has been approved and passed by the Censor Board of Film Certification under the ‘U’ category. We trust that this clarifies and sets at rest all apprehensions, misrepresentations, doubts and misgivings regarding our film ‘Bhavai’ in various media, including digital media.”
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