Bhavai is set to have a theatrical release on October 22.
Even before its release, Bhavai, which marks Pratik Gandhi’s Hindi debut, has courted controversy. Originally titled Raavan Leela, the film’s name was subject to backlash. Many social media users said that the title hurt religious sentiments. In a recent interview with Mid-Day, director Hardik Gajjar addressed the issue.
Gajjar, who has previously worked on religious themed TV shows like Devon Ke Dev Mahadev and Siya Ke Ram said he cannot understand why social media users and “trolls” attacked the film just because of its title.
“We live in sensitive times. We want to know the truth, but can’t bear it. There is a need to [sugar-coat] the truth. It’s a heartfelt love story. I was deeply hurt with the reactions that came our way. The people who reacted won’t even watch the film.”
He added that he and the team have nothing but mindful of Indian culture, there is no objectionable content in the film that has been given a ‘U’ certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Last month, Bhavai producers Pen India shared a statement regarding the film’s title change. They said that they make films that connect with the audience, and their intention was not to hurt any community’s sentiment. They explained that this was the reason behind the title change.
Check out the post here:
Every film, for us, is a story to connect with our audience, keep them entertained & not hurt any sentiments. Keeping this in mind, we are changing the title to #Bhavai, the story of the art & the artist!🎭— PEN INDIA LTD. (@PenMovies) September 14, 2021
Looking forward to telling you this story in cinemas on 1st October!😇 pic.twitter.com/KNrpNrW4SN
Meanwhile, Gajjar also spoke about casting Gandhi in the film. He said the Scam 1992 actor has solid skills. He added that while his story is strong, market culture dictates that faces sell, not actors.
Bhavai also stars Aindrita Ray with Rajendra Gupta, Rajesh Sharma and Abhimanyu Singh in pivotal roles. The film is set to have a theatrical release on October 22.