MUMBAI: Even before a day’s shooting, the title of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Jai Ramji Ki is already under scrutiny for its provocative political and religious title. But Dhulia protests vehemently against the clamour of the protestors.
“My film has nothing to do with politics of religion or the religion of politics. It is not about Hindus or any other religion. Though it is set in Uttar Pradesh, it isn’t about the politics of Uttar Pradesh either. Why should the use of a very common way of greeting one another in North India create heartburns for political sections?,” Dhulia tells Businessofcinema.com.
Dhulia’s defiance is not helping the project much. He is now being advised to revert to his old title.
Admits Dhulia, “Yes I’m being advised to go back to my original title for the film. I had named the film Tevar to begin with. Then as the script progressed I came to know the title Tevar was with Yash Raj Films. So I immediately changed the title. I feel Jai Ramji Ki suits the film far more than Tevar.”
Tevar was the title originally given to Yash Chopra’s Dil To Pagal Hai. Since then the title Tevar has been lying unused with the banner.