Raghava Lawrence is making his Hindi directorial debut with Laxmmi Bomb, starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani in the lead roles, says the film gives a social message about Trans people with a dash of Horror Comedy.
Laxmmi Bomb trailer is out and it’s been well received by audience. Talking about the trailer and sharing his thoughts on the story and the different characters in the film, Lawrence said, “The story was created to give the audience a mix of horror and comedy experience and also for the first time I tried to involve an important social message about transgenders into the horror- comedy genre. The characters are created in such a way that the audience can enjoy different variation of characters on the screen”
Talking about changing the title of film from Kanchana to Laxmmi, Raghava said, “Our Tamil film was named after the main lead character Kanchana, which means ‘gold’ – a form of Lakshmi. Earlier I considered going the same way for the Hindi remake but we collectively decided that the name must appeal to the Hindi audience as well and what better than Laxmmi. By god’s grace, it was turning out to be a cracker of a film, so we named it Laxmmi Bomb. Like a dhamaka of Laxmmi Bomb cannot be missed, the transgender lead character is powerful and radiant. Hence the name fits perfectly”
Further adding Raghava said he runs a trust which was approached by Transgender people, which inspired to make a movie.
He said, “I run a trust and few transgender’s approached my trust for help. When I heard their story, I felt like I wanted to tell their story to everyone through the character called Laxmi in this movie. After watching the film audiences will know what I am talking about”
Bollywood leading action hero Akshay Kumar will be seen donning a transgender avatar in the film, marking first of its kind mainstream actor and cinema dedicated to transgender.
When asked Raghava about the same, he added, “After Kanchana released in Tamil, the movie received huge appreciation from transgenders . They directly came to my home and blessed me. So In Hindi when Akshay sir is playing the role, I believe that the message will reach an even wider audience. My special thanks to Akshay sir for accepting and playing this role.”
The film also stars Ayesha Raza Mishra, Tusshar Kapoor, Sharad Kelkar, Tarun Arora, Ashwini Kalsekar, Manu Rishi, Babu Antony, Mir Sarwar, Rajesh Sharma and Muskaan Khubchandani.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film will not be released theatrically in India and will stream there on Disney+Hotstar on 9 November 2020.