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Laxmii release: Highlights

Laxmii release LIVE UPDATES: Here's what celebrities, fans and critics are saying about Akshay Kumar-Kiara Advani film Laxmii.

Written by Kriti Sonali , Anvita Singh , Komal RJ Panchal | Bangalore, Mumbai | Updated: November 12, 2020 7:14:51 am
akshay kumar laxmii filmLaxmii is the remake of Tamil hit Kanchana. (Photo: Akshay Kumar/Twitter)

Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani’s horror-comedy Laxmii is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar. 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.

Live Blog

Follow all the latest updates about Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmii.

15:07 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Akshay Kumar: Overwhelmed and overjoyed by the response to Laxmii

Actor Akshay Kumar said, "I am overwhelmed and overjoyed by the response that Laxmii received. It’s heartening to know that audiences and fans from across the country logged on to Disney+ Hotstar VIP to watch the movie within hours of its release. Who doesn’t love beating records – whether it’s at the box-office or opening night on streaming platforms. Nothing is comparable to this feeling of euphoria."

14:41 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Watch Burj Khalifa from Laxmii

DJ Khushi, who turned music composer with Laxmii's Burj Khalifa, said that the song was composed beforehand, and not for Laxmii. Akshay Kumar locked the song without knowing which film he would use it in eventually.

14:18 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Laxmii claims to 'breaks all records to become the biggest opening movie'
12:47 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Akshay hosts Laxmii screening for transgender community

Akshay Kumar, his co-star Kiara Advani and director Raghava Lawrence recently hosted a special screening of Laxmii in Delhi for the transgender community. At the event, Akshay said, “On my birthday all (from the transgender community) would come home and always say that one day I would become a very big person, and it came true and it is all because of your blessings.”

12:04 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Laxmii new song 'Start Stop' is out!

Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to drop a new dance number from Laxmii, Start Stop. The song is sung by Raja Hasan, and composed by Tanisk Bagchi.

11:28 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Fans laud Sharad Kelkar's performance in Laxmii
11:13 (IST)10 Nov 2020
KRK on Laxmii: Good decision to release it on OTT

KRK tweeted, "What great Wahiyat film #Laxmii? Waste of time, resources and money. Good decision to release on #OTT as it could have been disaster at the box office. Wahiyat dialogues by talentless #FarhadSamji! Canadian actor Akshay should pay every viewer ₹2,000 to watch this headache film."

11:00 (IST)10 Nov 2020
We should appreciate Akshay for doing such a strong film: Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, who was touched by the transgender representation in Laxmii, said, “Any transgender is equal to any man or woman, which comes out from the film in a very strong way. I believe it is wonderful, and instead of criticism, we should appreciate Akshay ji for being such a strong man and doing such a strong film.”

Upset by the negativity surrounding the film, she added, “Some publications are opposing it, and putting up articles against it. How much do they know about reality? I am really shocked. What do you mean by that? There are many films I also acted in, nobody bought it. It’s a business. Without seeing a film, on the eve of its release, these articles are being written.”

The best part of Laxmii, according to Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, is, of course, Akshay Kumar playing the role, and how it has shown the current situation of the transgender community.

22:42 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Our verdict

"Akshay was a hoot in Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Priydarshan’s 2007 flick which was also a horror-comedy. As befits a Priyan film, the strokes were broad, but there was some thought and structure to the film. Laxmii, previously called Laxmmi Bomb, seems to have been assembled as it went along, with not one coherent thought through it. How does a film, you may want to ask, whose leading man is meant to be a crusader against ‘bhoot, pret and aatma,’ happily stuff itself with babas, and protective ‘vibhuti,’ and a ‘three-eyed-coconut’ which rotates if it senses an evil spirit? Nope, not kidding. And as we are being very secular here, there’s also a kohl-eyed Musalmaan character who holds out a ‘taaweez’ which will keep our hero ‘mehfooz’? The threat of a Christian priest is held out too, but mercifully the script, such as there is, forgets about it," wrote The Indian Express' film critic Shubhra Gupta in her review of Laxmii. Read more here. 

22:21 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Laxmii better than Kanchana?

"Whattt! Mind-blowing! Fantastic! Climax of #Laxmii >>> Original Kanchana. Akshay Kumar sir Nailed it. He should get National Award for this performance," tweeted a fan. 

 
22:02 (IST)09 Nov 2020
'Paisa vasool'

"#Laxmii Horror + Emotion + Comedy + Social Message. @akshaykumar

What an awesome performance. All out entertainment !! Paisa Vasool," tweeted noted entrepreneur Vishal Gondal. 

21:43 (IST)09 Nov 2020
'Lacks the impact of the original'

"Lacks the impact of the original [#Kanchana]... #AkshayKumar in terrific form, but weak screenwriting + forced comedy are downers... Gathers momentum in concluding portions... Expected so much more!" tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh. 

21:22 (IST)09 Nov 2020
'Expecting a lot of drama and thrills'

"Super fantastic interval point for #Laxmii. Aa gayi Akshay Kumar ke andar aatma. Ab bawaal hoga, solid bawaal!!!! While first half has some humorous moments, expecting a lot of drama and thrills in the second half. Geared up already!" tweeted trade analyst Joginder Tuteja. 

21:01 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Have you seen the movie yet? Check out Laxmii's trailer first!

20:40 (IST)09 Nov 2020
'Akshay Kumar's acting is wonderful'

"#AkshayKumar I watched #Laxmii movie, your acting is wonderful. You are number 1," tweeted an elated fan. 

20:22 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Krushna Abhishek is excited about watching Laxmii

Sharing a photo of himself posing alongside Akshay Kumar, Krushna wrote a sweet message of support for the film and its team. 

20:00 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Actor-VJ Salilacharya on Laxmii

Talking about the Akshay Kumar movie, and in particular the song BamBholle, Salil mentioned in a post, "Is there anything he cnt do ... saw it late but blown away by #BamBholle ufff @akshaykumar, the choreography, the power, the loom, the feel, the cinematography ... watte a statement the song is for the film #Laxmii #class will be watching it today."

19:43 (IST)09 Nov 2020
'Laxmii is not transphobic'

Journalist Manoj Kumar tweeted, "Given that I have watched the original Tamil version of #Laxmii, which is #kanchana, I can say this with confidence that the film is not transphobic." He added, "Director Lawrence is known for giving acting opportunities to transgender talents to include them in mainstream Tamil cinema. So watch the movie with an open mind, you may just end up enjoying it." 

19:19 (IST)09 Nov 2020
'She's here to conquer your hearts'

Akshay Kumar shared this snippet and invited his fans to stream the Raghava Lawrence directorial on Disney Plus Hotstar VIP.

19:00 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Have you seen this latest BTS video of Akshay Kumar from the sets of Laxmii?

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.