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Akshay Kumar's Laxmmi Bomb in Search of a New Director After Raghava Lawrence Quits

Raghava Lawrence is the director of the original Muni 2: Kanchana, from the hit Tamil horror film franchise, on which Laxmmi Bomb is based. He stepped down as the director of the Hindi remake after the poster of the film was released without informing him.


Updated:May 21, 2019, 10:52 AM IST
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Akshay Kumar's Laxmmi Bomb in Search of a New Director After Raghava Lawrence Quits
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Filmmaker-actor Raghava Lawrence has stepped down as the director of Akshay Kumar's upcoming horror-comedy Laxmmi Bomb, a day after the first look poster of the film was released. Lawrence took to Twitter to inform the film community that the poster, which was revealed on Saturday and was hosted by Kumar and the leading lady of the film, Kiara Advani, on their respective Instagram account, was unveiled without informing him beforehand and that he felt "disrespected" and "disappointed" when he got to know about it from a "third person."

In a long note posted on Twitter, Lawrence mentioned that not only was he upset with the poster launch without having any prior knowledge of it, but was also not satisfied with the design of the poster itself. He also pointed out that he will subsequently meet Kumar and give him the script, but will be stepping down from the director's post "in a good way."

See the filmmaker's full note here:

Laxmmi Bomb is a remake of Tamil hit Muni film series, specifically Muni 2: Kanchana (2011). The original film had Lawrence as the lead actor and director. In the Hindi remake, Kumar is supposed to play the character of a man who is possessed by the spirit of a transgender woman. Entering Akshay's body is how the woman takes revenge from those who caused her death.

Laxmmi Bomb will mark the return of Kumar in the horror-comedy genre after Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007). The film, as announced by Kumar, will release on June 5, 2020.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the film went on floors in April when Akshay and Kiara filmed a song, Bismilla, along with a few scenes. But with Lawrence's sudden exit, the fate of the film is now in a limbo. The makers reportedly called in an emergency meeting on Sunday after Lawrence's decision to step down as the director of Laxmmi Bomb.

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