Here's what celebrities, fans and critics are saying about Akshay Kumar-Kiara Advani film Laxmii.
Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani’s horror-comedy Laxmii will premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar today. The Raghava Lawrence directorial is the remake of his own Tamil hit Kanchana. Produced by Akshay Kumar’s Cape of Good Films, Fox Star Studios and Tusshar Kapoor, Laxmii also features Ashwini Kalsekar, Sharad Kelkar, Manu Rishi and Ayesha Raza.
Laxmii revolves around an unsuspecting man whose body gets taken over by a spirit. Talking about his role in the film, Akshay had earlier shared, “I’ve been in my career for 30 years. But the character of Laxmmi has been the most mentally intensive role I’ve ever played. But somehow I managed it. And I thank my director. He is behind everything about this character — how it moves, what it says and how it dances.”
Director Raghava Lawrence stressed that Laxmii infuses social messaging about the transgender community with horror and comedy, and he is thrilled to have Akshay Kumar leading the film. “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,” he told PTI.
Raghava said the idea to make Kanchana came when a few transgender people approached a trust run by him. When he heard their story, he thought of chronicling it for the big screen. “I wanted to tell their story to everyone, first through the character of Kanchana and now with Laxmmi in this movie. After watching the film, audiences will know what I am talking about,” the filmmaker said.
Actor Tusshar Kapoor, who is venturing into film production with Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmii, says it was a natural progression rather than a calculated career move. He said, “It is not like I am getting into next stage (of my career) as a producer. It was a natural decision that came very spontaneously.”
“I am not changing tracks. I will be doing both acting and producing. If I get the right subject, I will act in and produce the same film. My next film will be as an actor,” Tusshar told PTI in an interview. “It is not that I am trying to make a statement as a producer. My choice will always be on the basis of the script and content,” Tusshar added.
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Tusshar Kapoor’s sister and ace producer Ekta Kapoor took to Instagram to share a special note for him. She wrote, “A journey worth applauding! U have done it on ur own ! Took u seven years but so happy n proud that today u r a producer on ur own merit n choices …that too with a superstar ! HIMMATE MARDA MADDADE KHUDDA ! Best wishes for ur movie JAI MATA DI!”
Laxmii, starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani in the lead role, will premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar at 7:05 pm today.
“#laxmii Deeply grateful to all these wonderful people who became a part of this passion project and made it happen! A true modern day classic in its fruitful, yet, tumultuous journey of 7 years! @kiaraaliaadvani @akshaykumar @shabskofficial @offl_lawrence @foxstarhindi @disneyplushotstar @farhadsamji my styling by @urvashishah9,” posted Laxmii’s producer Tusshar Kapoor.
Let's celebrate humanity by breaking gender stereotypes and extend our support to the third gender with the Laal Bindi – a symbol of equal love and respect. #abhamaribaarihai #Laxmii #FoxStarStudios #DisneyPlusHotstarMultiplex #YehDiwaliLaxmiiWali @akshaykumar @laxminarayan_tripathi @offl_lawrence @shabskofficial @tusshark89 @foxstarhindi @disneyplushotstarvip #CapeOfGoodFilms #ShabinaaEntertainment #TussharEntertainmentHouse @zeemusiccompany
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Kiara Advani posted along with a video, “AbHamariBaariHai. Let’s celebrate humanity by breaking gender stereotypes and extend our support to the third gender with the Laal Bindi – a symbol of equal love and respect.”
Maine toh laga li hai pyaar aur samanta ki Laal Bindi. Now it's your turn to join me using 'Ab Hamari Baari Hai' filter on Instagram as a symbol of love and acceptance for the third gender! Filter link in bio.
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While promoting Laxmii, Akshay Kumar asked fans to use the ‘Ab Hamari Baari Hai filter on Instagram. Introducing the same, he tweeted, “Maine toh laga li hai pyaar aur samanta ki Laal Bindi. Now it’s your turn to join me using ‘Ab Hamari Baari Hai’ filter on Instagram as a symbol of love and acceptance for the third gender!”
The film was earlier called Laxmmi Bomb. The makers, however, changed the title to “respect viewers’ sentiment.” The development came hours after Rajput outfit Shri Rajput Karni Sena reportedly sent a legal notice to the makers demanding the title change, saying that the Hindu community found Laxmmi Bomb “derogatory” and “offensive” to Goddess Laxmi.
After director Raghava Lawrence showed the film to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the decision to change the title was taken by its producers, keeping in mind the sentiments of viewers.
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