Filmmaker Hardik Ghajjar says that his upcoming drama starring Pratik Gandhi is using the Ramayana theme to make a big point about the world without humiliating anyone in the process.
Gajjar created the film in the backdrop of a popular folk theater forum from Bawai – Gujarat with the scam 1992 star who played the role of Ravana in the presentation of Ram Leela, a traditional Ramayana performance.
In an interview with PTI, the director said the storyline for the film was “not altered textbook” or “glorified anyone”, which was set to be released theatrically on October 1st.
“It’s a sensitive subject, so it’s very important for people’s sentiments not to get hurt at any stage.
“The challenge should not be religiously wrong at any time. I took really serious precautions. No one’s sentiments are likely to be hurt throughout the film. We worked on the script from this point of view until the last day because it’s a religious issue.”
Since the movie trailer was released last week, the makers have announced two changes.
The title of the film was changed from Ravan Leela (Bhavai) to Bhavai and on Monday, the makers announced that they were removing a sequence – in which two actors, Ram and Ravan, from the film – were criticized by a section as dangerous.
Formed between the 80s and 90s, Bhavai, Aindrita Ray, Rajendra Gupta, Rajesh Sharma and Abhimanyu Singh played key roles.
Gajjar said the film only talks about how a common man from a village suddenly changes his perception as he plays the role of Ravana so well.
“In the film, I’m talking about understanding and influence. He’s a sweet, simple man like Ramu, but he’s got the character of Ravana and how an understanding is formed. People start believing him to be Ravana because he plays the role of Ravana so well. But he’s just a pure soul, he’s professional He plays the role well … This film is about the transformations that take place in his life, ”he added.
Gujarat-born Gajjar, who has worked extensively as a director on legendary TV shows like Devai Ke Dev … Mahadev and Sia Ke Ram, is a natural extension of a film like Bhavai.
For Gajjar, the idea of introducing Bhavai as his Hindi feature director began with the idea of trying to tell a story based on the Ramayana.
“Our thoughts and the way we present them make us who we are. Ramayana is our culture, it taught us the way of life but its reflection we can not see today. The idea is, both Ram and Ravan live in us, so how do we see it?
The director says that the main part of his writing process is to communicate with the people and minimize the key events in the Ramayana.
“I wanted to show the Ramayana as authentic and you will see a glimpse of it in the trailer. How ‘Swayamvaram’ takes place, how Sita ji goes for ‘Vanravas’, where Ravana is occupied. We refer to the Ramayana as authentic. The key events are known to all,” He added.
The film was produced by Jayanthilal Gada (Pen Studios) and co-produced by Dhawal Jayanthilal Gada, Akshay Jayanthilal Gada, Parth Ghajjar and Hardik Ghajjar with Backbencher Pictures.