‘Tikli & Laxmi Bomb’ Director on Why He’s Giving CBFC a Wide Berth
Aditya Kripalani is a filmmaker who wrote a book and decided to make it into a movie himself. Tikli and Laxmi Bomb revolves around two sex workers, Tikli and Laxmi, who decide to kick men out of the business and build a network that is run completely for women and by women.
The film has garnered a lot of critical acclaim in the festival circuit. But director Aditya Kripalani was targeted for using the word ‘Laxmi’ in a film based on sex trade after the film’s poster release. However, what caught our attention more is the fact that the entire cast and crew of the film is an all-women team - except for the author-director Aditya of course. So Tikli and Laxmi Bomb indeed is a film for women and by women. It’s indeed a feat.
We caught up with the filmmaker who is in Singapore waiting for the film’s release there. The film won’t be seen in theatres in India but will be released on Netflix soon. And that means Aditya doesn’t have to worry about the censor board. The international censor board has given the film NC16, which means that anyone above 16 years can watch the film.
Aditya also talks about issues he faced while casting for the film and then the shoot. One third of the film was made with the help of crowd-funding but that was not the most difficult part. He says the most difficult part was making sure that the passion never died in the team. Watch the video to find out more!
Editor: Veeru Krishan Mohan