Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has called upon the government to ban the Bollywood blockbuster 'Lakshmi Bomb' which is set to be released on November 9 ahead of Diwali, for insulting Hindu sentiments and glamorising love jihad.
According to the Samiti and critics, the film, starring Akshay Kumar, has been intentionally named 'Lakshmi Bomb' on the backdrop of Diwali. “…Our first objection is to the name of this film, which has denigrated Shri Lakshmi Devi, the deity of millions of Hindus. On the one hand, we have been enlightening people for the last several years to stop bursting 'Lakshmi firecrackers' which insults the Hindu deity, the name of this film will only encourage them to burst the firecrackers again,” stated Shri Ramesh Shinde, the national convener of the Samiti.
The Samiti stated that the film was made with an intention to glamourise love jihad. “The name of the hero in this film is 'Asif', while the name of the heroine has been shown as 'Priya Yadav'. Thus, the film purposefully encourages 'love jihad' by displaying the relationship between Muslim youth and Hindu girl. Therefore, the screening of the film 'Lakshmi Bomb' should be banned immediately,” the statement said.
Shri Shinde further said, “The film 'Mohammad : The Messenger of God' hurts the religious sentiments of Muslims, and therefore, the Maharashtra Home Minister had voluntarily taken cognisance and immediately recommended the ban on the film to the Centre. On the same lines, the Government should also recommend a ban on the film 'Lakshmi Bomb' which insults Hindu Deities, demanded Hindu Janajagruti Samiti with Anil Deshmukh, the Home Minister.”
In the trailer of this film, Akshay Kumar is playing the role of a man possessed. “The demon in him seems to be a hijara (transgender). It is also reprehensible to try to pretend to be the form of a Goddess by wearing big red kumkum, a red sari, leaving the hair loose, dancing with a trident in the hand. Will those who are making a film called 'Lakshmi Bomb' on the occasion of Diwali ever dare to make a film called 'Ayesha Bomb', 'Shabina Bomb', 'Fatima Bomb' on the occasion of Eid? Why don't the filmmakers and rulers think of the religious sentiments of Hindus as they think of the religious sentiments of Muslims? Has the bias towards Hindus now become the definition of 'Sarvadharmasamabhav' (Respect for all religions)? As if anti-Hindutva has become another word for secularism,” stated Shri Shinde.
“As the filmmaker is Shabina Khan and the writer is Farhad Samaji, it is clear that they are spreading anti-Hindu Dharma propaganda on purpose. However, if these demands are not heeded, we will be forced to launch a strong agitation,” pointed out Shri Shinde.