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Named the film Laxmmi Bomb to appeal to the Hindi audience, says director Raghava Lawrence

The filmmaker explains the thought behind the title of the film, a remake of his own Tamil film Kanchana (2011). 

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The title of Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Laxmmi Bomb has been opposed by a section of the audience on the grounds that Laxmi is a goddess's name.

So director Raghava Lawrence has come out with a clarification revealing the reason for the name of the film. The Tamil original, also directed by him, was called Kanchana (2011).

“Our Tamil film was named after the main lead character Kanchana. Kanchana means ‘gold’, which is 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?” he said in a statement.

He added, “By god’s grace, it was turning out to be a cracker of a film, so we named it Laxmmi Bomb. Like the dhamaka of a Laxmi bomb [a popular firecracker brand] cannot be missed. The transgender lead character is powerful and radiant. Hence the name fits perfectly.”

Laxmmi Bomb deals with the story of Asif (Akshay) whose body gets possessed by a transgender named Laxmmi. The film also stars Kiara Advani and Rajesh Sharma.

Lawrence said that despite the film being an entertainer, it also gives a social message. “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,” he said.