The makers of Pratik Gandhi's upcoming film on Tuesday issued a statement announcing that Raavan Leela will be titled Bhavai. The move comes after receiving the audience's requests and moreover to respect their sentiments. However, the team's decision has not gone well with CBFC.
Now, the CBFC has strongly objected to the title change since it was done after the board granted the certificate to the film, which is in contravention of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules. The CBFC has sought an explanation from the makers after it came to their notice that they released the trailer of the film on YouTube "in a distorted form - by changing the title and also by including the portions which were deposited with the CBFC as per the guidelines."
Prasoon Joshi, CBFC chairperson, said in a statement today, "The CFBC has sought an explanation from the makers of Bhavai for flouting certification rules and tampering with the content of the film. The CBFC has always tried to stay true to its guidelines and has been making the certification process as smooth and systematic as possible. However, we want to clearly state that flouting the rules of CBFC certification is not acceptable as it compromises the role of systems and balances. Further, it also portrays the industry in an irresponsible light. Therefore, the CBFC has sought explanation from the filmmakers by issuing a show-cause notice and their reply is under our consideration at present. Appropriate action will be taken as per the rules and guidelines in due course."
Bhavai is a love story set in 1982 in a rural village in Gujarat, two artists a local boy Raja Ram Joshi (Pratik Gandhi) and Rani (Aindrita Ray) who work for Ram Leela drama company and how it affects their personal life off stage. Bhavai stars Pratik Gandhi, Aindrita Ray, Rajendra Gupta, Rajesh Sharma, and Abhimanyu Singh in pivotal roles. Presented by Dr. Jayantilal Gada (Pen Studios), produced by Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Aksshay Jayantilal Gada, Parth Gajjar, and Hardik Gajjar films in association with Backbencher Pictures, Directed by Hardik Gajjar, the film is set to release in cinemas on October 1, 2021.