Lisa Ray Slams Bawaal’s ‘Auschwitz’ Line, Calls It ‘Insensitive’


Bawaal a film directed by Nitesh Tiwari and starring Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor, was released on July 21 on Prime Video. However, the film has garnered mixed reviews from critics, particularly due to its controversial reference to the Holocaust when depicting a modern-day relationship. One particular line in the movie equating Auschwitz with a relationship has drawn significant criticism. Actor Lisa Ray has also responded to this specific line, expressing her concern and disapproval.


It so happened that Film critic Raja Sen tweeted, “Apparently, there is a line in #Bawaal where Jahnvi Kapoor says “Har Rishta apne-apne Auschwitz se guzarta hai…” That’s all, folks.” (The line translates to, “Every relationship goes through the Auschwitz.”) Reacting to the line, actor Lisa Ray reacted in disbelief with, “Noooooooo. Apparently, there is a line in #Bawaal where Jahnvi Kapoor says “Har Rishta apne-apne Auschwitz se guzarta hai.

Apart from Lisa, many others also expressed their shock in the comments. One said, “Extremely insensitive line!” Another wrote, “In today ‘s episode of Hindi Movies losing their plot…..” A tweet read, “Why are these European (Auschwitz) and American (Balboa) cultural references coming in our mainstream entertainment as if we do not have references of our own? Looks so forced and contrived.” Another comment read, “Are you serious?

During the Bawaal trailer launch event, Nitesh Tiwari opened up about references to World War II and Hitler in the film. He said the events and incidents that took place are like the overall arc of the character and the relationship in general. Speaking of not giving references to Indian history, Tiwari said he always wants to bring something new to the audience.

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