Bawaal: Jewish Human Rights NGO urges Amazon Prime to Take Down the Film

Bawaal, starring Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor was released on Amazon Prime on July 21. 

The film revolves around a couple who’s marriage is almost about to end. Varun Dhawan plays the character of Ajju, a self obsessed History teacher who is only concerned about his image in front of other people. Janhvi Kapoor, on the other hand plays Nisha, who is a patient of epilepsy. 

Since its release, the film has been receiving mixed reactions from the audience, however now it has landed itself in huge controversy. 

The climax of the film draws inspiration from the condition of jews in the concentration camps of Auschwitz. Makers have compared Hitler’s genocide of jews with the marital problems of the couple which has offended the audience and now they want Amazon Prime to take down the film. 

The makers have defended their film by saying that no one found it offensive and infact the film was praised a lot for for the emotional ride it offers. 

In the film, Hitler has been used as a metaphor for human greed with a message that there is a bit of Hitler in everyone. In the climax scene, Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Dhawan are seen imagining themselves as people entering gas chambers and dressed in strip clothing. 

The scene shows a traumatizing and an emotional depiction of how people suffered in the gas chambers. 

Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human rights NGO dedicated for the survivors and victims of Nazi devastation took to reddit and urged Amazon Prime to take down the film as it is objectionable. 

The SWC associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper said “Auschwitz is not a metaphor. It is the quintessential example of Man’s capacity for Evil. By having the protagonist in this movie declare that ‘Every relationship goes through their Auschwitz,’ Nitesh Tiwari, trivializes and demeans the memory of 6 million murdered Jews and millions of others who suffered at the hands of Hitler’s genocidal regime.”

He further adds “If the filmmaker’s goal was to gain PR for their movie by reportedly filming a fantasy sequence at the Nazi death camp, he has succeeded. Amazon Prime should stop monetizing Bawaal by immediately removing this banal trivialization of the suffering and systematic murder of millions of victims of the Nazi Holocaust.”

Amidst all the controversies, the audience is absolutely loving this emotional journey depicted in the Nitesh Tiwari’s directorial. Bawaal for the first bollywood film to have a premiere at the Eiffel Tower.

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