The movie sees Varun Dhawan, Janhvi Kapoor’s characters visit prominent World War 2 sites, including Auschwitz and Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam. The film has been in the news and making headlines for comparing marital discord to Auschwitz and greedy people to Hitler.
In a statement, the embassy said, “The Israeli embassy is disturbed by the trivialization of the significance of the Holocaust in the recent movie ‘Bawaal’. There was a poor choice in the utilization of some terminology in the movie, and though we assume no malice was intended, we urge everyone who may not be fully aware of the horrors of the Holocaust to educate themselves about it.”
It also said, “Our embassy is constantly working to propagate educational materials on this crucial subject, and we are open to engaging in conversations with all individuals to foster a better understanding of the universal lessons derived from the Holocaust.”
Israeli ambassador to India Naor Gilon also tweeted, “I did not and will not watch the film Bawaal but from what I’ve read, there was a poor choice of terminology and symbolism. Trivialization of the Holocaust should disturb all. I urge those who don’t know enough about the horrors of the #Holocaust to educate themselves about it.”