Days after Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film, Laxmmi Bomb, was criticised for its title and accused of promoting ‘love jihad’, the Hindu Sena has written a complaint to the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. The group has sought appropriate action against the promoters, cast, and crew and demanded a title change. The Hindu Sena is of the view that the film’s title mocks Hindu Goddess Laxmi’s name and “hurts religious sentiments” of the Hindu community.
In an official statement, the Hindu Sena has also threatened that if their demand is not met, they will protest outside cinema halls where the film may be screened. Further, they have also requested others to boycott the film if the title remains unchanged.
Vishnu Gupta, National President, Hindu Sena said, “If our demand is not fulfilled, all my Hindu Sainiks shall protest against this movie outside every Cinema hall where this movie may be screened across the nation. I request everyone belonging to the Hindu community to boycott the movie, if the movie title is not changed before the release.”
In the letter, the Hindu Sena has opined, “The name of the movie is highly derogatory and offensive in nature, the name of Hindu Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of fortune and wealth has been used in the movie title along with the word Bomb which is unacceptable to the Hindu community. In the said name of the movie Bomb word has been used to provoke the Hindu community.”
They also said that the film’s title was used with “deliberate and malicious intention of outraging religious feelings of Hindus” and “insult the religious beliefs” of Hindus.
Further, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti in Bengaluru and Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha have reportedly also raised this issue, alleging that the film promotes ‘love jihad’. As for Laxmmi Bomb, the film is slated for a release on the OTT platform Hotstar on November 11.