The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) issued a show-cause notice to the makers of the film 'Bhavai'. CBFC cited violations of certification norms and tampering with the film's substance. ‘Bavai’ is a musical drama about Gujarat's popular folk theatre tradition. The film was before titled "Raavan Leela." Hardik Gajjar directs the film ‘Bavai’.
"CFBC has sought an explanation from the makers of 'Bhavai' for flouting certification rules and tampering with the content of the film. CBFC has always tried to stay true to its guidelines and has been making the certification process as smooth and systematic as possible," CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi said in a statement.
"However want to clearly state that flouting the rules of CBFC certification is not acceptable as it compromises the role of systems & balances. Further, it also portrays the industry in an irresponsible light," he added.
Earlier, makers had to change the name of the movie after the Hindutva attack on the title of the film. The film’s previous name was Raavan Leela. Makers changed the name after a cyber attack and a police case. Makers renamed the film ‘Bhavai’ after the cyber attack.
The film marks the Bollywood film debut of actor Pratik Gandhi. Gandhi plays Rajaram Joshi, a stage artist who essays the role of Ravan in a Ram Leela presentation.
Following the release of the trailer of the film, Ambernath resident Kamlesh Devidayal issued a notice against Gupta.
In the notice, Gupta said that the film names 'Ravan Leela' in the style of Ramleela. He added that with the act of glorifying Ravana, the film destroy the concept of Ramleela.
The film ‘Bhavai’ is set to release theatrically on October 1.