Saturday, July 29, 2023

Ruckus over Bawaal continues: Snowballs into an international controversy with diplomats involved

After several human rights groups like the Simon Wiesenthal Center demanded the removal of “Bawaal” from Amazon Prime Video, the Israeli embassy has also condemned the ‘trivialization’ of Holocaust in the film. He has slammed the film makers for depicting an outlandish scene related to the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. Weaving the holocaust into the narrative of the film showing how the couple resolves their differences, the film goes into the graphic recall of the Holocaust in several scenes. 

The Israeli Embassy took to Twitter and wrote that they are “highly disturbed by the trivialization of the significance of the Holocaust in the movie Bawaal”. The tweet reads, “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. 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.”

Weighing in on the Bawaal controversy, a day after the Israeli embassy in India criticised the film for “trivialising” the genocide of six million Jews in World War II, Ambassador of Israel to India Naor Gilon also echoed a similar viewpoint. He also tweeted, “I did not and will not watch the film Bawaal but from what I’ve read, there was a poor choice of terminology and symbolism. Trivialization of the Holocaust should disturb all. I urge those who don’t know enough about the horrors of the #Holocaust to educate themselves about it.”

It appears that the row surrounding Nitesh Tiwari’s Bawaal is far from over. However, the OTT platform is still silent on the issue and are yet to make a statement on the same. The Nitesh Tiwari directorial “Bawaal” starring Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor released on July 21, 2023 on Amazon Prime Video.

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