October 17 : Amid the Twitter outrage over the controversial name of the film Laxmmi Bomb, its director Raghava Lawrence explained why the name is appropriate for the film.
Talking to Mid-Day, the director of Laxmmi Bomb, which is a Hindi remake of his Tamil film, stated that the name of the original film was Kanchana, which means gold, a form of Lakshmi. The Tamil film was named after the main lead character Kanchana.
Lawrence revealed that he decided to change the name of the Hindi version, starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani, because collectively the team decided that the name should appeal to the Hindi audience as well so it was renamed as Laxmmi. And since the film was turning out to be “a cracker of a film”, it was finally named Laxmmi Bomb. Raghava also believed that the “dhamaka” of Laxmmi Bomb cannot be ignored as the transgender lead character is very powerful. “Hence the name fits perfectly,” he told the news portal.
The filmmaker, who runs a trust where some transgenders approach for help, wanted to tell their stories through his film. The film will be the first in Bollywood to show a mainstream actor playing a transgender character. Raghava believes that with Akshay Kumar playing the role, the message will reach to a wider audience.
Meanwhile, on Friday, a section of the Twitter users demanded the boycott of the film as #BoycottLaxmmiBomb started trending on the social media. While a section of the netizens alleged that the film stereotypically represented the transgender community, another section believed that the film's title is an insult to the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. Still another group feels the film is promoting love jihad as Akshay’s character in the film is named Asif while Kiara plays a girl named Priya.