Had taking offence been an Olympic sport, India would have won gold. We have now turned our wrath on the Akshay Kumar starrer film Laxmi Bomb, which some claim has been titled “Outrageous”. Apparently, the film also promotes “Love Jihad”.
Criticism has been directed towards Akshay Kumar, with the #ShameOnUAkshayKumar trend on Twitter. It turned out, even being close to PM Modi, you do not avoid frequent online trolling. The film’s producer Shabina Khan has also been targeted as a “separatist” for her views on Kashmir, and for the past few days has grown louder to boycott the film.
Hindu Sena founder and national president Vishnu Gupta announced on Twitter that the organization was launching a formal complaint against the film. The Hindu Sena objected to the film’s title, calling it “derogatory” and “offensive”.
Gupta shared a letter sent by the Hindu Army addressed to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. He has urged the minister to take action against the promoters, cast and crew of the upcoming film Laxmmi Bomb to make fun of the Hindu goddess Laxmi’s name. The letter also alleges that since Goddess Laxmi is worshiped during Deepawali, the film’s release has been scheduled during the festival to incite the Hindu community.
The social media trolls have also dropped the fact that the actor’s name in the film is Asif while the actress’s name is Priya. It has been cited as a case of “love jihad”, an allegation that was also leveled recently on a Tanishq ad showing a happy interracial marriage where the family was celebrating diverse traditions.
Akshay Kumar’s “Canadian” citizenship has been used as a taunt, along with the fact that his wife has supported Riya Chakraborty. Rage against Bollywood continues as #BoycottBollywood is back on the trending list.
For many people, chickens have arrived at home. Despite interviewing PM Modi, praising government schemes and even donating big bucks to the PM Care Fund, Kumar has come online for Akshay Kumar and his film. No amount of wandering for the establishment can save him from the wrath of the IT cell.
Another day, another call to boycott a film. This is Laxmi Bomb today, it was 800 yesterday, and Tanishq advertisement a few days ago. We are a country of hurt feelings.