The director of Akshay Kumar's upcoming film has publicly quit his film after posting a lengthy open letter alleging that he wasn't given his due respect. South filmmaker Raghava Lawrence resigned as the director of Akshay Kumar's upcoming release Laxmmi Bomb after the first look of the film was released on Saturday. Here's the poster that was released by Akshay Kumar on social media. In the same tweet Akshay Kumar had announced that Raghava was the director.
Bringing you one bomb of a story,#LaxmmiBomb starring @Advani_Kiara & yours truly!Bursting in cinemas on 5th June,2020— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 18, 2019
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Directed by Raghava Lawrence pic.twitter.com/vlXyK4HkNE
Within 24 hours of Akshay's tweet, the director took to Twitter to share a detailed note citing the reasons why he took this decision. Raghava said that among the many reasons of him quitting as the director of Laxmmi Bomb, the release of the first look poster of the film without his knowledge prompted him to step down. The director said that he did not like the design of the first look.
Apart from the above, he said that there are multiple other reasons why he chose to exit from the film. Sources said that he was miffed at being excluded in the marketing meetings of the film and that many film marketing strategies were approved despite his reservations. However, he said that he wouldn't be an impediment to the film and he would soon meet Akshay to hand over the script of the movie personally.
Here's his tweet and the open letter.
Dear Friends and Fans..!I— Raghava Lawrence (@offl_Lawrence) May 18, 2019
In this world, more than money and fame, self-respect is the most important attribute to a person's character. So I have decided to step out of the project, #Laxmmibomb Hindi remake of Kanchana@akshaykumar
@RowdyGabbar @Advani_Kiara pic.twitter.com/MXSmY4uOgR
Laxmmi Bomb is the Hindi remake of Tamil film Kanchana and also stars Kiara Advani and R Madhavan in pivotal roles. In the film, Akshay Kumar will be seen as a man possessed by a transgender ghost. Buzz has it that Amitabh Bachchan might also appear as a ghost in the same film. The first look that was released fetched Akshay a lot of praise on social media.
Will this controversy be another case of a filmmaker abandoning his project, a la Manikarnika?