A known face in Gujarati theatre and film scene, Pratik Gandhi got recognition with the portrayal of Harshad Mehta in Hansal Mehta’s Scam 1992, and with the portrayal of this character, he got nationwide fame. Now, Gandhi is in news again for his next venture, Raavan Leela which is now titled Bhavai. After the trailer was released, people felt that it’s too controversial to have a name like that and felt that the makers are disrespectful towards Hindu sentiments.
Here’s the trailer:
Now, people have taken their hate to the next level as ‘Arrest Pratik Gandhi’ has been trending on Twitter. They are brutally bashing him for being a part of the movie and even comparing him to Javed Akhtar.
Here’s how people are reacting to the movie not being banned:
In an interview with PTI, Pratik Gandhi said the audience should understand the difference between reel and real life. He also added that they aren’t glorifying the demonic king, Raavan.
He said, “We aren’t showing any interpretation of Ram or Ravan in the film. The film is not at all about it. That’s why the team thought that if sentiments of a certain section of the society are hurt, we don’t mind changing the name if that satisfies them. But I’m sure that’s not the answer to the broader question. We changed the name, but will that solve anything?”View this post on Instagram
He went on to elaborate, “Then will it be like this that if someone has played the role of Hanuman Ji, he will never get married? It can’t be like that. The job of an actor is to bring the story to the audience via the screen. Actors also have a personal life and when the audience forgets this, that is a problem, which is the story of the film.”
Despite the title change, people are demanding a ban on the movie.
Gandhi, in one interview, said, “When Valmiki wrote Ramayana, he could have described him as a black character or talked about his shortcomings only, but he didn’t. When this hasn’t happened right from the beginning, who are we to claim what is right and what is wrong? Why was Ravana called a prakhand pandit (learned scholar) or a Shiva devotee? Perhaps he also wanted people to understand the greyness, and didn’t want to paint him just as a demon.”View this post on Instagram
The film also stars Ankur Bhatia, Abhimanyu Singh, Rajesh Sharma, Ankur Vikal, Rajendra Gupta, Gopal Singh, Flora Saini, Anil Rastogi, Krishna Bisht, and Bhagyashree Mote.