New Delhi: The head priest of Ram temple in Ayodhya said on Wednesday (October 5, 2022) that, four months after its release, the criticism of Om Raut’s film “Adipurush” — starring Saif Ali Khan, Prabhas and Kriti Sanon — continued. He said that the Bollywood movie has “wrongly portrayed” the deities. Priest Satyendra Das demanded an immediate ban on the movie, alleging that the way in which Ravana has been depicted is “absolutely wrong and condemnable”.
It is absolutely wrong and condemnable to depict Ravana in that way. “We demand an immediate ban on the film,” Das said on the occasion of the annual Vijay Rath Yatra in Ayodhya, through the media. He added that Adipurush doesn’t show Lord Rama and Hanuman as mentioned in the epic, which goes against their dignity. Since the 1.46-minute teaser was launched on Sunday, the movie has been receiving backlash.
The big-budget adaptation of the Ramayana, with “Baahubali” star Prabhas in the title role as Lord Ram, features Saif Ali Khan playing the role of a 10-headed demon king called Lankesh. Netizens have called out the filmmakers for the apparent Islamisation of Ravana, with a beard, fierce eyes, and a buzz cut. Widespread criticism has also been attracted by the portrayal of Hanuman with a beard, without a mustache, and dressed in leather.
Adipurush’s visual effects were criticized by some social media users as being a “huge letdown” for a film that reportedly has a budget of Rs 500 crore, making it one of the most expensive Indian films ever made.
The film, set to debut in theatres on January 12, 2023, also features Kriti Sanon as Sita.