The trailer of Akshay Kumar starrer Laxmmi Bomb is out, and it is quite a throwback to Priyadarshan’s Bhool Bhulaiya, at least in terms of the treatment. Alongside Akshay, the film also stars Kiara Advani, Tusshar Kapoor, Sharad Kelkar, Tarun Arora and Ashwini Kalsekar. Laxmmi Bomb is the remake of 2011 Tamil film Muni 2: Kanchana directed by Raghava Lawrence, who is also directing the Hindi version.
The trailer shows Akshay Kumar’s character getting possessed by the spirit of a woman, and he then starts acting like one since his body is under her control. While the film is trying to create the mood for a horror-comedy, it reminds us of old Hindi movies where the transgender community was represented in quite a stereotypical way. It is yet to be seen if Laxmmi Bomb will avoid those clichés and tell a story that’s sensitive to all genders concerned.
Watch the trailer of Laxmmi Bomb here:
Towards the end of the trailer, Akshay also channels the classic Ashutosh Rana scream from Sangharsh that still sends shivers down our spine.
From the trailer, it is quite evident that Laxmmi Bomb is trying to balance the story with some situational comedy and songs.
During a virtual press conference announcing the release of Laxmmi Bomb, Akshay Kumar had earlier said, “Horror-comedy is my favourite genre. I had done Bhool Bhulaiyaa before this one. I had heard this story many years ago and I always wanted to make this film. It was like my passion project, but it kept getting delayed for one reason or the other.”
Talking about his role in the film, Akshay said, “In my entire 30-year-long career, this has been my most intensive role mentally. I’ve never experienced such a character before, with this kind of action, reaction, body language. Credit for this goes to my director. He introduced me to a version of me that I didn’t know even existed. Also, I had to be cautious of playing it with full honesty without offending any community. For the first time, I willingly gave so many takes and retakes, so that every shot is captured to its maximum potential. Even after doing some 150 films, I was very excited to be on set every single day, pushing my boundaries, learning more about myself. This film has taught me more about gender equality. Be anything you want, just don’t be ignorant.”
Laxmmi Bomb premieres on Disney+ Hotstar on November 9.
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