Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb undergoes name change after Hindu groups protest
Makers of Akshay Kumar’s horror comedy Laxmmi Bomb have decided to modify the movie’s title after facing objections from several Hindu groups. It will now be called Laxmii after offence was taken to associating a derogatory term like bomb with a Hindu goddess and ‘hurting religious sentiments’.
“New development: Laxmmi Bomb title changed. New title: Laxmii,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted to confirm the news. The film, co-starring Kiara Advani, is slated to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on 9 November in time for Diwali. It is the remake of a Tamil hit called Kanchana and is helmed by original director Raghava Lawrence. The film has been in the news for its ₹120 crore acquisition by Disney after it was compelled to skip a theatrical release due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was slated to hit the big screen for Eid this May.
Right-wing organisation Hindu Sena had earlier written to union minister of information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar emphasising how its followers will boycott the movie across the country. Other Hindu organisations like Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha had alleged that the film promotes love jihad since it is the story of two individuals belonging to different religious communities. The Rajput Karni Sena had demanded a change in the title which they felt the makers had deliberately chosen to ‘lower the dignity’ and ‘show disrespect to the goddess.’