VARUN Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor-starrer Bawaal made headlines after its release on Prime Video last week, on July 21. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the film drew parallels between the troubled marriage of a couple to the events of World War III and Holocaust, stirring a controversy.
On Friday, the Israeli Embassy in India shared an official statement about the ongoing controversy and laid their perspective. The embassy called out the makers of Bawaal for their “poor choice” of using some terminology in the film.
Taking to Twitter, the Embassy wrote, “The Israeli embassy is disturbed by the trivialization of the significance of the Holocaust in the recent movie ‘Bawaal’. There was a poor choice in the utilization of some terminology in the movie, and though we assume no malice was intended, we urge everyone who may not be fully aware of the horrors of the Holocaust to educate themselves about it.”
The statement added, “Our embassy is constantly working to propagate educational materials on this crucial subject, and we are open to engaging in conversations with all individuals to foster a better understanding of the universal lessons derived from the Holocaust.”
For the unversed, Bawaal shows a troubled marriage between Janhvi and Varun, who visit Auschwitz and imagine themselves in the concentration camp. The film was slammed by social media users for being ‘tone-deaf’ about one of the most horrific incidents faced by the human kind.
Reacting to the criticism, Varun told Pinkvilla, “I’m not new to criticism. My films Judwaa, Main Tera Hero, and ABCD2 have been criticized which is totally cool. I respect the criticism. What I don’t understand is how Sir (Nitesh Tiwari) said that it’s a context and the protagonist is from Lucknow and it’s showing that the character which is Ajju Bhaiya is initially a tone-deaf character.”
He further added, “I respect everyone’s opinions and everyone has a right to have an opinion. Some people got triggered and sensitive about this but I don’t understand where that sensitivity or the trigger goes when they watch an English film. They are allowed to do and show everything and you will find that in a correct way.”
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