"Extremely insensitive line!"
Lisa Ray has given her opinion on a piece of dialogue from Bawaal that went viral.
Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the film was released on July 21, 2023, on Amazon Prime Video and it has received mixed reviews.
Many have criticised the comparisons between relationship issues and the Holocaust.
One scene even features Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor trapped in a gas chamber as a metaphor for the issues in their marriage.
One piece of dialogue has now gone viral.
In Bawaal, Janhvi says: “Every relationship goes through their Auschwitz.”
— Raj Kumar ?? (@RajKumar6664) July 21, 2023
Lisa Ray reacted in disbelief, writing: “Noooooooo.”
Other internet users were shocked by the dialogue, labelling it “insensitive”.
One user said: “Extremely insensitive line!”
Another wrote: “In today ‘s episode of Hindi movies losing their plot…”
The Auschwitz reference also prompted many to question how the film’s script received a green light from the production company.
One individual angrily wrote:
“Should we not have creative accountability somewhere, some boundaries in basic human decency?
“How can a script like Bawaal be green-lit? It is horrendously tone-deaf and grossly wrong at every level.
“Saying ‘Auschwitz’ in the same breath as relationships made me want to hurl.”
Speaking about the film, Nitesh previously said:
“It’s a layered piece and a contemporary relationship film. In the world that we live in, negativity spreads faster today.”
“I wanted positivity to stand a chance.
“Bawaal is about love versus hatred, empathy against indifference and fake versus real. There are characters in the film fighting an internal war.
“How that gets juxtaposed to World War Two is what the film is all about.”
Hitler is also used as a metaphor for human greed, with Ajay (Varun) saying to Nisha (Janhvi):
“We’re all a little like Hitler, aren’t we?”
At the trailer launch in Dubai, Nitesh broke his silence on Bawaal‘s World War Two references. He said:
“While creating a character, you can go back and look at the events and incidents which can play an important role in the overall arc of that character and the relationship in general.
“It’s not just about Hitler.
“There are many more things that you may not have seen in the trailer. Every incident has been very carefully chosen that can have an impact on the overall arc.”