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Bhavai controversy: Pratik Gandhi starrer film undergoes title change, makers issue statement

Scam 1992 digital series star Pratik Gandhi’s big Bollywood debut is just around the corner with the Hardik Gajjar directorial venture Bhavai. The film will essay the story of two theatre actors in which Pratik will play Ravan. The film is scheduled to release theatrically on October 1. However, before the release, the film has faced a social media backlash and had to undergo a title change.

Earlier, the film was scheduled to release under the title Raavan Leela, however, due to backlash and protests, the makers decided to change the name of the film to ‘Bhavai’.

Now, the makers of the film have released a statement regarding the issue. The statement released on the official Twitter page of Pen India Studios read, “Our film ‘BHAVAI’ is a fictional love story of two individuals, Raja Ram Joshi (Pratik Gandhi) and Rani (Aindrita Ray) working in a drama company and how their life changes off stage. The film promo was released under the title, “Raavan Leela” as the protagonist is a drama actor who plays the role of Raavan in the drama.

“With due respect to the concerns regarding the title of the promo and a dialogue in the promo, we wish to clarify that the dialogue and the above title ‘Raavan Leela’ is not a part of the film and has been removed from the promo as well respecting the sentiments of religious beliefs,” it read.


The statement further read, “We have the highest regard for Hindu culture and the Ramayana. The Film and/or any portion thereof does not hurt any religious sentiments or religious beliefs. The film ‘Bhavai’ has been approved and passed by the Censor Board of Film Certification under the ‘U’ category. We trust that this clarifies and sets at rest all apprehensions, misrepresentations, doubts, and misgivings regarding our film ‘Bhavai’ in various media, including digital media.”

Bhavai also stars Aindrita Ray, Rajendra Gupta, Abhimanyu Singh, and Rajesh Sharma in prominent roles.

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