Best known for his role in Scam 1992, Pratik Gandhi is now set to make his Bollywood with the movie which was previously titled Raavan Leela. It also features Aindrita Ray and Flora Saini in prominent roles.
Recently, the makers of the much-awaited film have issued a statement announcing that the movie will now be titled ‘Bhavai’. The move comes as a consequence of a legal defamation notice sent to writers, directors and producers of the film on Monday for “spreading misconceptions about Lord Ram and making a derogatory, defamatory, objectionable portrayal in favour of Ravana” through the title, tagline and certain dialogues in the film.
A resident of Maharashtra, Kamlesh Devidayal Gupta, had sent the legal notice demanding the removal of “certain scenes and dialogues from the film” along with “an unconditional apology”. The notice said that Ram Leela has a special significance to Hindus and title ‘Raavan Leela’ attacks this concepts as well as glorifies demon king Ravan.
As a response to the negative reviews on the title from a large section of viewers, the title of the movie was changed to Bhavai. Director Hardik Gajjar said, “”I am happy to honour the wishes of my stakeholders and audience, the love we have received for the film thus far is resonance of the fact that good cinema is the need of the hour. Cinema is a medium meant to entertain people and so is our film.’
“Audiences have showered Pratik with love for his work and we hope that this film will only see it multiply. It’s a film that is close to our hearts and we are confident that audiences will love it with all their hearts too”, Hardik added.
On the contrary, the lead actor Pratik believes that the rechristening is “not the answer to the broader question” and also states that the movie does not really glorify Ravan. About the change in the movie’s title, Gandhi says, “….the team thought that if sentiments of a certain section of the society are hurt, we don’t mind changing the name if that satisfies them”.
Bhavai is scheduled for theatrical release on October 1 this year.