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Laxmmi Bomb’s Loss Is A Gain For Right-Wing Hindu Organisations

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Do you remember the Rajput Karni Sena? Yes, the same group that created a nationwide hungama over Sanjay Leela Bhansali Padmaavat for allegedly showing Rani Padmavati in a negative light – without even watching the film. There were attacks on Bhansali and calls for the execution of Deepika Padukone. It was a shameful moment in the history of Free India and a sort of prediction for the future. Now the Saffron group along with other right-wing organizations like the Hindu Sena, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha got exactly what they wanted – a film title change from actor Akshay Kumar, Laxmmi Bomb.

According to Taran Adarsh, the title of the film has been changed to remove the word “bomb” – now it is simply, Laxmmi.

It’s not as if right-wing organizations can burn theaters or anything like that given the film is set to premiere on Disney + Hotstar on November 9 in time for Diwali. All they could possibly do is trending #BoycottHotstar or #BoycottLaxmiiBomb on Twitter, which would do no good other than grab a few media attention for a few days.

Hindu organizations such as Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha had alleged that the film promoted jihad in love since it is the story of two individuals belonging to different religious communities, reports mint.

Hindu Sena also wrote to the union minister for information and broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, and said they would boycott the film along with their “supporters.”

The Rajput Karni Sena, on the other hand, wanted a title change because they believed he was specifically chosen to lower the dignity ” and “ disrespect the goddess ”. The goddess in question here is, of course, Goddess Laxmi who is the Hindu goddess of wealth.

This is nothing new – Shah Rukh Khan’s Billu Barber had also been targeted by some people who thought it was derogatory to barbers (do you still roll your eyes?). The film ultimately removed the word “barber” from the title.

Oh, and just for the record, despite the fact that Padmaavat was not released in some Indian states, it managed to gross over £ 5.85 billion (US $ 82 million) at the box office and became the 10th highest grossing Indian film of all time. So much for the boycott, eh?

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