‘Adipurush’ writer Manoj Muntashir, apologised to the people for hurting their religious sentiments with his controversial dialogues of the much-talked-about film. Taking to Twitter, Manoj wrote, “I accept people’s emotions have been hurt by Adipurush. With folded hands, I extend my unconditional apologies. May Prabhu Bajrang Bali keep us united and grant us strength to serve our sacred Sanatan and our great nation.”
Netizens say that it’s too late
His post evoked mixed reactions from netizens as many feel that it is now too late to seek an apology.”You are too late to apologise,” a social media user commented.
“Badi jaldi Maafi maang liye sahab But thik hai, Der aaye durust aaye,” another one wrote.
Adipursh which is an adaptation of Ramyana draws criticism from all spheres
Directed by Om Raut, ‘Adipurush’, which is an adaptation of the epic Ramayana, drew heavy criticism after its release. The film stars Prabhas as Lord Ram, Kriti as Goddess Sita, Sunny Singh as Laxman, and Saif Ali Khan as Ravana.
The movie has been denounced by the reviewers and the critics. Some of the dialogues which were condemned were ‘Marega Bete’, ‘Bua Ka Bagicha Hain Kya’ and ‘Jalegi Tere Baap Ki’.
In the wake of such heavy criticism, the makers of ‘Adipurush’ changed the dialogues.
Owing to the ongoing row, Manoj had sought for protection as he feared threat to his life. Mumbai Police has provided security to him and they are probing the matter.
Meanwhile, the All India Cine Workers Association had also written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Mumbai Police and had called for filing of a case against the producer, director, and writer of the film.
Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan makes a comeback again on small screen
In fact, the criticism and controversy surrounding Adipurush brought the 1987 Ramayan back to the small screen as disappointed audiences compared the film to the hit show.
Allahabad High Court asks makers of Adipurush, “ Why are Hindus tested every time?’
The Allahabad High Court had expressed its anguish over the portrayal of the important characters of Ramayana in the controversial movie Adipurush and added, “Hindus are tolerant but why are they tested every time. When Hindus are civilised, is it correct to suppress them?”
Meanwhile, the Lucknow Bench which heard the petition seeking a ban on the film refused to accept the contention that a disclaimer shown at the beginning of the film makes it clear that it was Ramayana. The vacation bench of justices Rajesh Singh Chauhan and Shree Prakash Singh stated, “When the filmmaker has shown Lord Rama, Devi Sita, Lord Laxman, Lord Hanuman, Ravan, Lanka, etc., how will the disclaimer convince the people at large that the story is not from Ramayana.”
The observations were made by bench after the petitioner’s lawyer claimed, that the movie may “not only affect adversely the sentiments of the people at large, who worship Lord Rama, Devi Sita, Lord Hanuman, etc., but the manner in which the character of Ramayana has been depicted would create serious disharmony in society also”.
The bench further lauded the Hindus and they stated it is good that the controversy relates to a religion whose followers have not disturbed law and order anywhere.
The court has also directed the chairman, Central Board of Film Certification, to file his personal affidavit and let them know if the guidelines for certification of films for public exhibition was followed in letter and spirit while issuing the certificate to ‘Adipurush’.
Also, the bench issued a notice to the movie’s Hindi dialogue writer Manoj Muntashir after allowing an application for his impleadment.
Observation of the court
The judges of the court also observed that the movie had hurt the sentiments of the people as religious icons/gods have been shown in a derogatory and disgusting manner. The portrayal of the God has been done in a way as if they were fictional persons or comic characters.