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Clarification from the makers of Adipurush

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Ever since the teaser of Adipurush was out, the reactions and impressions were mixed. The VFX work in the teaser received heavy trolling and the makers pushed the release of the film. There are reports that Rs 100 crores more are allocated and the team started re-working on the VFX work. The new date of the film was announced as June 16th 2023. But there are reports that Adipurush is out of 2023 race and the film will only release in 2024.

Keeping an end to the speculations, the makers released a poster that says that Adipurush will release on June 16th 2023 as per the schedule and there is 150 days left for the film’s release. Adipurush is a mythological drama that is directed by Om Raut and the film is made on a budget of Rs 600 crores. A major portion of the budget is allocated for the graphics work. Massive sets are constructed in Mumbai for the shoot. T Series and Retrophiles are the producers. Kriti Sanon plays Sita and Saif Ali Khan played Lankesh in Adipurush.

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Pan-Indian Chart from Tollywood in 2023

Indian cinema is going global and the regional films in India are reaching pan-Indian corners. The Indian cinema is completely focused on Telugu and Kannada films which delivered some of the biggest hits in 2022. There are a bunch of pan-Indian films releasing from Telugu cinema in the year 2023 and some other films that started rolling recently may release in 2024. Samantha’s periodic film Shaakuntalam would be the first pan-Indian film from Telugu cinema and Shaakuntalam releases in February. A major amount of the budget is spent on the sets and the VFX work. Natural Star Nani’s Dasara too will head for a pan-Indian release and Dasara is said to be the costliest film in his career.

Nani feels that Dasara has the right potential to impress all the crowds. The film releases in March 2023. Pawan Kalyan’s periodic attempt Hari Hara Veera Mallu will also have a pan-Indian release and the shoot reached the final stages. Krish is the director and the shoot will conclude this month. The film got delayed and the budget crossed the limits. Ravanasura and Tiger Nageswara Rao are the two films of Ravi Teja that will head for pan-Indian release this year. The shoots are in final stages and the release dates would be announced very soon. Prabhas will have two releases in 2023 and Salaar, and Adipurush will have a wider release. Prashanth Neel and Om Raut are the directors of these attempts.

Apart from these, there are a heap of films that will release in multiple languages. The dates and the plans will be announced soon.

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Prabhas changes his lineup of 2023 Releases

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Pan-Indian star Prabhas is busy with the shoots of multiple films. He is done with the shoot of Adipurush and the film was initially slated for Sankranthi 2023 release. But the plans are pushed after the makers were not convinced with the VFX work. More than Rs 100 crore budget is allocated to rework on the graphics work and the portions are corrected. The film is announced for June 2023 but the plans too are pushed. The film’s director Om Raut needs more time for the VFX work after which he informed the same to Prabhas.

The top actor announced Salaar for September 2023 release and he is not in a mood to change the plans for Salaar. The shooting portions of the film will be completed very soon. Prabhas geared up and is focused on the shoot of Project K currently. This Nag Ashwin directorial too needs ample time for the post-production work. Though Prabhas planned multiple releases in 2023, as per the current happenings, Salaar would be the only film that will release next year. Adipurush may have its release during Sankranthi 2024 and Project will release in summer 2024. Prabhas is also shooting for Maruthi’s film that is in initial stages of shoot. The team will take a call on the film’s release date only after the completion of the shoot.

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Ten pan-Indian films from Tollywood in 2023

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SS Rajamouli opened doors for pan-Indian cinema and several South Indian films like RRR, Pushpa: The Rise, KGF, Karthikeya 2, Kantara and others minted gold at the North Indian box-office. Bollywood is a vast market when compared to the regional cinema. At the same time, the release expenses and the publicity costs are quite high which is making many to take a back step. Tollywood has lined up several films for a pan-Indian release in 2023. Prabhas is a pan-Indian star and he would test his luck next year with Adipurush and Salaar. Pawan Kalyan too is in plans to release Hari Hara Veera Mallu and Sujeeth’s film across all the Indian languages.

Ram Charan and Shankar’s film would be massive and the film will head for a record release. Koratala Siva’s film would be the next outing of NTR after RRR and the film will also head for a pan-Indian release. Allu Arjun made his mark in Bollywood with Pushpa: The Rise. The sequel starts rolling soon and the film will release in December 2023. Nani’s Dasara, Akhil’s Agent and HanuMan are the other big releases from Tollywood for the year 2023. Some other films are expected to join the pan-Indian race. Here is the list:

Prabhas’ Adipurush and Salaar
Pawan Kalyan’s Hari Hara Veera Mallu
Ram Charan and Shankar Film
NTR and Koratala Siva’s film
Allu Arjun’s Pushpa: The Rule
Pawan Kalyan and Sujeeth’s Film
Nani’s Dasara
Akhil’s Agent
HanuMan

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Kriti Sanon responds about her relationship with Prabhas

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Early this year, several Bollywood tabloids reported that pan-Indian star Prabhas is in a relationship with his Adipurush co-star Kriti Sanon. The duo never responded for the same. The rumors got a new momentum after Varun Dhawan during the promotions of his upcoming movie Bhediya alleged about their relationship. The news is all over and Kriti Sanon had to respond to the rumors and the speculations. The actress said that it is neither Pyaar nor PR but Varun Dhawan went wild on a reality show. She called the rumors baseless.

“Its neither Pyaar, nor PR. Our Bhediya just went a little too wild on a reality show. And his fun banter lead to some Howl-arious rumours. Before some portal announces my wedding date, let me burst your bubble. The rumours are ABSOLUTELY baseless” posted the actress on her official social media page. Adipurush is a mythological drama directed by Om Raut. Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan played the lead roles in this big-budget attempt that is aimed for June 16th, 2023 release.

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Adipurush VFX work is back in the discussion

Prabhas is all set for the biggest bet with Adipurush, a mythological drama and the makers allocated more than half of the budget for the VFX work. But the trailer is a huge letdown and there are debates on social media about the poor VFX work. The team of Adipurush is now reworking on the VFX work and the budget has been hiked by Rs 100 crores. Then came the teaser of a small Telugu attempt titled HanuMan and it is quite impressive. Prashanth Varma and his team should be appreciated for the quality of graphics as they have made this on a strict budget.

HanuMan teaser is top class and the discussion about Adipurush VFX is back. There is a comparison on the VFX work between the films though the budgets are nowhere matching. The team of Adipurush is trolled once again. HanuMan has Teja Sajja in the lead role and the makers recovered the entire budget through the non-theatrical rights. The film will hit the screens soon.

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Shocking budget added for Prabhas’ Adipurush

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The teaser of Adipurush received mixed response from the audience. The mythological drama is betting big on VFX work and the quality of the graphics in the teaser weren’t appreciated. Adipurush also landed into legal troubles after several cases are reported. The makers decided to rework on the VFX work and announced that the film is not in January 2023 race. The makers allocated a new budget of Rs 100 crores more for the film and the total film’s budget now touched Rs 600 crores. Saif Ali Khan’s look will be new and the corrections are done currently. There are speculations that the scenes and shots are copied from Hollywood films like Aquaman and Game of Thrones.

The episodes of Vaanarasena from Adipurush too will be corrected as the shots received criticism. The rework of Adipurush is now costing Rs 100 crores for the makers. Adipurush is sure a costly bet and the film will now release in June 2023. Om Raut directed this mythological drama and Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, Saif Ali Khan played the lead roles. T Series and Retrophiles are the producers. Prabhas completed shooting for this film six months ago.

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Official: Adipurush’ new Release Date Announced

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There are strong speculations that Pan-Indian star Prabhas’ next film Adipurush is delayed and the release is pushed. The extensive post-production work is taking a longer time than expected. The film will also have to clash with biggies in various languages and the makers of Adipurush decided to avoid the clash. The new release date of the film is now finalized and Adipurush will hit the screens on June 16th, 2023. “Adipurush is not a film but a representation of our devotion to Prabhu Shri Ram and commitment towards our Sanskriti and history. In order to give a complete visual experience to the viewers, we need to give more time to the teams working on the film., We are committed to make a film that India will be proud of. Your support, love and blessings is what keeps us going” told the official statement.

Adipurush is directed by Om Raut and it is an adaptation of the mythological epic Ramayana. Prabhas plays Lord Rama and Kriti Sanon will be seen as Sita. Saif Ali Khan plays Lankesh, the lead antagonist. T Series and Retrophiles are the producers. A major portion of the film’s budget is allocated for the VFX work of Adipurush. Prabhas is done with the shoot and he is currently busy with Salaar and Project K.

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In VFX We Trust: Rest is incidental

The release dates of almost all major films have been rescheduled. Not by days or weeks, but by months, and, in one case, even by a year! The reason is something never heard or imagined before! Special Effects aka VFX!

Our filmmakers cannot imagine a film without VFX; story and screenplay be damned. The building of a film with a plausible story and weaving characters around it are a thing of the past. No wonder, films are flopping left right and centre. The industry strongly believes in the ‘Have star, will travel’ philosophy. Alas, what comes across is that the stars the filmmakers count on are well past their best before date.

Yes, stars made film run and succeed big time. In my lifetime, I have seen two super stars, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, both delivering multiple hits back to back. They could do that because their films were backed by storytelling and the musical score that you carried back home from the cinema.

Then, there were also other major stars such as Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Jeetendra and Rishi Kapoor. They all delivered more hits than flops. And, when the time came, they took a break. They didn’t force themselves on the audience. They came back to do roles more suited to their age.

Film stars today refuse to come to terms with their age. They want to continue to do the youthful roles, the kind they made their mark in. But, a 50-plus Shah Rukh can’t be accepted playing the same lover boy, nor can Salman be as effective in action films as he was some years back. It is the same for others.

The actors insist on sticking to roles that ensured their stardom, so the producers turn to VFX for a way out. VFX works on their aged face and bodies to make them look younger. The rest of the movie may or may not need
VFX, but that is immaterial. On a computer, the experts can do it, erase the signs of aging from a star’s face, and enhance his muscles, or even make him create his two versions, like in the Shah Rukh film, ‘Fan’.

Mythological films had extensive special effects and they were all achieved within the studio floors with the help of the cinematographer’s wizardry. How do you think the viewers could watch Bajrangbali fly or Lord Shiva float in the blue skies? The viewers welcomed it all with whistles and unending applause!

Or, how did they manage to make Lord Ram’s one arrow turn into a hundred in the battle against Ravan? Didn’t the films on the epics such as ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Ramayana’ show more special effects and, more convincingly, than what is produced by table-top machines now?

Can a director make a double-role film today without special effects? I don’t think he will even contemplate it! And, to think that double role films came into existence ages ago and provided extra thrill to the audience.

I remember my first such film was Bimal Roy’s ‘Apradhi Kaun?’. The next was, of course, Shakti Samanta’s ‘China Town’ with Shammi Kapoor playing two roles; it inspired films such as ‘Don’ and a few others.

A lot many films released recently with mainly VFX as the main attraction have cost huge sums but failed with the audience. Increasingly, a number of filmmakers spend more years working on special effects than they do shooting a film. Does it work? No!

Yet, for everything, from credit titles to scenes with animals, a maker now depends on special effects. Films with animals have to get clearances, so scenes involving them need to be generated with the help of VFX. That isn’t required for the rest of the film. A famous filmmaker had once said that a movie is actually made on the editing table. Present-day makers seem to believe that the computer desk can work just as effectively.

They have become too dependent on special effects. Not only is this a costly affair but also time-consuming. If one thinks about it, just the exercise of making the hero look young adds to the cost by over a crore! Yet, the hero’s younger look neither convinces the viewer, nor makes the film run.

The recent release, ‘Brahmastra’, was all about special effects. The film took seven years for its VFX, which
was completed just a day before its release. The costs were mounting so much that the VFX company was brought in as a producer and given share in the revenue rather than bill for the film.

When I watched a South remake in Hindi, I enjoyed it. When I watched the original of the remake, I liked it even better. So far, Hindi films got away with whatever special effects they worked on. Post ‘Baahubali’, though, there has been a regular flow of South-dubbed films releasing in the Hindi circuits, all loaded with special effects. And, to say the least, their special effects are superlative.

There were comparisons and the Hindi films emerged as much inferior compared to recent South hits — ‘RRR’, ‘KGF: Chapter 2’, ‘Ponniyin Selvan-1’ and ‘Kantara’. Against these, we have had movies such as ‘Shamshera’, ‘Runway 34’, ‘Samrat Prithviraj’, ‘Brahmastra’, ‘Ram Setu’, and so one, which used VFX extensively, but to no avail. Whatever the reason. (There was also a talk of the VFX studios picking up rejected VFX footage from Hollywood and interpolating them in films here!)

Maybe the filmmakers have zeroed in on the reasons. Now, makers of big films, who were counting on special effects for their films, have all decided to postpone the release dates, and if they have been released, they are not satisfied with the results.

‘Adi Purush’ was trolled after its teaser was out because of which the film’s release has been postponed. ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ was postponed a couple of times. The same was the case with ‘Saaho’. Rajnikanth’s ‘2.0’ was delayed by two years and the director, Shankar, was even sued by the VFX company!

The release of ‘Tiger 3’ has been pushed back to the next Diwali now. The Hrithik Roshan-starrer ‘Fighter’, which was slated for Republic Day 2023 has been postponed by exactly a year and will now be released on the Republic Day week in 2024.

VFX is not a magic wand that can make a film run. Without a story, in fact, nothing works, be it the stars, the music, or the performances (which critics today have made a habit of praising). VFX is no substitute for creativity. The director was once called the captain of the ship. VFX steers the ship now.

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Next tentative release date for Prabhas’ Adipurush

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The makers of Prabhas starrer Adipurush are yet to make an official announcement about the postponement of the film from January 2023. The delay in the VFX work pushed the film from the Sankranthi 2023 race. There are a lot of biggies releasing during the Sankranthi season in Telugu and this too is a reason. After the teaser received criticism, Om Raut and his team is working on the VFX work. There are lot of sensitive issues that should be dealt with utmost care as Adipurush is a film made on Lord Rama. Several cases have been reported against the makers.

Prabhas wants a solo release for the film. The pan-Indian actor wants the makers to release the film during the summer 2023 release. May 12th is the considered date for the release of Adipurush. There is no biggie locked on the day. A clarity is expected very soon and the makers will make an official announcement about the same. Adipurush is a mythological drama that is directed by Om Raut and it has Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. T Series and Retrophiles bankrolled this big-budget pan-Indian film.

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On Prabhas’s b’day, ‘Adipurush’ team releases his Lord Ram look

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The unit of director Om Raut’s ‘Adipurush’ on Sunday released actor Prabhas’s look in the film as Lord Ram.

The look was released on Sunday to coincide with the birthday of the actor who plays the lead in the film. The film is scheduled to hit screens worldwide on January 12 next year and will also be available in 3D.

Prabhas, who shared his look in the film on social media, wrote: “Maryada Purushottam Prabhu Shree Ram. ‘Adipurush’ releases in theatres on January 12, 2023, in IMAX & 3D!”

It may be recalled that the unit of the film launched the teaser and poster of the film on the banks of the Sarayu in Ayodhya.

Kriti Sanon, who plays the female lead in the film, also shared the poster on her timeline on Instagram.

Apart from Prabhas and Kriti Sanon, the film also features Saif Ali Khan and Sunny Singh in pivotal roles and is being produced by T Series and Retrophiles.

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Adipurush director Om Raut gets an Expensive Gift

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National-award-winning director Om Raut is busy carving out his magnum opus Adipurush. Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan are the lead actors in this mythological action drama that is slated for January 2023 release. Even before the release of the film, his producer Bhushan Kumar surprised Om Raut with an expensive gift. The T-Series Chief gifted a swanky red Ferrari F8 Tributo which is worth Rs 4.02 crores. It is heard that Bhushan Kumar picked up the Ferrari from his collection and gifted it to Om Raut.

This makes it clear that the producer is quite impressed with the output of Adipurush. Though the teaser of the film received a mixed response, the film’s 3D teaser was well accepted by the audience. There are strong speculations that the team is re-working on the VFX work currently. Om Raut is completely occupied with the post-production work of Adipurush. The film will have its release on January 12th 2023 in 3D and IMAX in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam languages.

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Major reshuffle in Sankranthi 2023 Releases

Sankranthi is one of the best seasons for Telugu cinema. Like every year, several biggies have locked their release dates during the holiday season. Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya, Prabhas’ Adipurush and Vijay’s Vaarasudu have announced their release dates during Sankranthi 2023. Now, Nandamuri Balakrishna’s film directed by Gopichand Malineni is all set to join the race. Mythri Movie Makers which is producing Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya is also bankrolling Balakrishna’s film. The makers are trying hard to avoid the clash.

Balakrishna’s film was initially planned for December release but the delay in the work delayed the project. There are also speculations that Chiranjeevi’s film may not make it for the release during Sankranthi because of the extensive post-production work. If this is true, all hurdles will be cleared for Balakrishna’s film. Akhil Akkineni’s Agent is in the last leg of the shoot and the makers are in plans to announce the release date during Sankranthi. If any of the biggies misses the date, Agent will get a comfortable release during the holiday season.

The VFX team of Adipurush is re-working on the graphics after the response for the teaser was mixed. There are talks that the film’s release may be pushed to summer if Prabhas and his team will not be convinced with the final product. Vijay’s Vaarasudu will hit the screens during Sankranthi at any cost. There would be a major reshuffle among the Sankranthi 2023 releases. A clarity on the new list of releases is expected by November.

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Legal Hurdles surrounding Prabhas’ Adipurush

The teaser of Adipurush created enough stir across the nation. The fans did not like the quality of the VFX work and the film faced plagiarism issues. Soon, a plea has been filed against the team in a Delhi-based court to ban the film for presenting Hindu God in an unwarranted manner. Now, the National Cine Worker Union (NCWU) which is a trade body for the film workers sent a legal notice to Bhushan Kumar, the producer of Adipurush along with the team. The Union said that the teaser insulted the Hindus and the religion through the portrayals.

Several priests across the country have raised objections on the presentation of Lord Rama, Sita and Hanuman in the teaser of Adipurush told the complaint. There are objections about the dressing of Sita in the teaser of Adipurush. The NCWU demanded the team of Adipurush to withdraw the scenes from the film. The makers of Adipurush said that they have taken some cinematic liberties but the legal hurdles are turning out to be a threat for the release of the film. Adipurush is the modern adaptation of Ramayana and it is directed by Om Raut. The film is heading for a massive release on January 12th 2023.

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Adipurush team reworking on the VFX Content

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The teaser of Adipurush has been out recently and the response has been mixed. The teaser sounded like an animated film and the team along with the director Om Raut got trolled badly for days. The response for the 3D teaser is good which is a relief for the team. Om Raut and his team got alerted after the poor response from the teaser. The VFX team is reworking currently round the clock to get the final copy ready. Om Raut is monitoring the work personally. Prabhas and Bhushan Kumar too instructed that enough care has to be taken on the VFX shots.

There is enough time left for the post-production work as Adipurush is aimed for January 12th 2023 release. The makers allocated a major amount of the budget for the VFX work. Kriti Sanon is the heroine and Saif Ali Khan essays the role of the lead antagonist. Adipurush is heading for a record release in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam languages. Several top technicians are working for the film.

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‘Adipurush’ director Om Raut defends Saif’s look as Raavan in his film

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The controversy around the upcoming Hindu mythological film ‘Adipurush’, which stars pan-India star Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan in leading roles, seems to be gaining further momentum with each passing day.

The film was earlier trolled for its poor VFX that was visible in its teaser. Then the Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Narottam Mishra objected to Lord Hanuman being depicted in a ‘leather costume’.

More recently, a section of people on the Internet are trolling the film because of Saif Ali Khan’s look as Raavan in the film. Now, the director of the film, Om Raut has come out defending the portrayal and his creative choice.

Reacting to the film’s heavy trolling over Saif’s portrayal of Raavan, the director told Aaj Tak: “Our Ravan in today’s time is demonic, he is cruel. The one who has abducted our Goddess Sita is cruel. We have shown what Raavan looks like in today’s time. This is not a film or a project for us.”

Calling the film “a mission” for the entire production team, Raut further said: “Our film is a symbol of our devotion and we need everyone’s blessings for this. Whosoever is speaking about the film are our elders. I am listening to all of them and taking note of everything. When you will watch the film in January 2023, I will not disappoint anyone.”

The film, which will see Prabhas as Lord Ram and Kriti essaying the role of Sita, will drop in theatres on January 12, 2023.

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Adipurush is a thrilling ride in 3D: Prabhas

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The teaser of Adipurush is out recently and the response is quite mixed. The teaser sounded more like an animated film. The makers released the 3D teaser of the film for the Telugu media today evening in AMB Cinemas in Hyderabad. During his speech, Prabhas revealed that he was thrilled after he watched the teaser for the first time in 3D. “I was left amazed and thrilled with the 3D content of Adipurush. The 3D technology of Adipurush was never seen on the Indian screen in the past. I would love to hear about the feedback of the 3D teaser. It would be screened for my fans in 60 theatres tomorrow. Waiting to hear from you” told Prabhas.

Dil Raju attended the event of Adipurush as a special guest. He said that Adipurush is an experience. “I heard about the trolling of Adipurush teaser. I know the back story and Adipurush would be a massive hit. I watched Tanhaji on OTT after Prabhas signed Adipurush” told Dil Raju. Adipurush is a mythological drama directed by Om Raut. Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan played the lead roles in this mega-budget film that is aimed for a January 12th 2023 release. T Series and Retrophiles are the producers.

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Adipurush Teaser Launch

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‘Bollywood’s Hanuman looks like a Musalman’: ‘Boycott Adipurush’ trends on social media

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After “Laal Singh Chaddha” and “Brahmastra”, another Bollywood movie has run into rough weather, with “Boycott Adipurush” trending on social media, days after its teaser got released.

The excitement for Om Raut’s film “Adipurush” — starring Saif Ali Khan, Prabhas and Kriti Sanon — was quite high ever since it was announced. However, just a few hours after the release of the teaser, the netizens began criticising the film for Saif’s “Islamic” look, unconvincing VFX, and also the costumes of the other cast were targeted.

Comparisons are also being made with Lord Hanuman from Ramanand Sagar’s serial “Ramayan” to “Adipurush”. Actor Devdatta Gajanan Nage is playing the role of Hanuman in the movie.

The netizens have claimed that Hanuman’s look in the film also has similarities with the Islamic attire.

A user tweeted, “Bollywood’s Hanuman Looks Like A Musalman #BoycottAdipurush.” Another one wrote, “After 35 years, gutter Bollywood converted the ‘gracefulness’ of arrogant Ravana and Hanuman ji into Mughals.”

“Hanuman in Ramayan. Musalman in #Adipurush, Note: No Hindu keeps a beard without a Moustache. This film should be banned… They are defaming our Ramayan. They are showing Ravana and Hanuman with beards as Mughals with no Tika on their foreheads,” added one.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra reportedly expressed his anguish over the portrayal of the gods in the film.

Mishra said that the Hanuman was shown wearing leather clothes while the description of his appearance is clearly given in the Hanuman Chalisa.

“There are objectionable scenes in the teaser. Such scenes hurt religious sentiments. I am writing to maker Om Raut to remove these scenes. If he does not agree, there will be legal action,” the minister was quoted as saying.

“Adipurush” is a retelling of the Ramayana. Prabhas’s character is termed as Raghav, which is another name for Lord Ram. Saif plays Ravana while Janaki (Sita) is played by Kriti Sanon.

The makers of Adipurush have spent a fortune on the visual effects. The film has reportedly been made on a budget of over Rs 400 crore, most of which has been spent on the VFX but, it seems like the output is far from what the audience was expecting.

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Prabhas to do ‘Ravan dahan’ at Lav Kush Ramlila

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Telugu star Prabhas, who is currently in the news with his portrayal of Raghava or Lord Ram in “Adipirush”, will be seen burning a lifesize effigy of Ravana in the Ramlila at the Lal Qila Ground in the national capital.

He will be accompanied by President, Droupadi Murmu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Lav Kush Ramlila Committee Secretary Arjun Kumar, in a statement, said: “Prabhas played Lord Rama in ‘Adipurush’ and thus we thought to invite him as a chief guest along with the President of India and the Delhi Chief Minister. All three will shoot the arrows to kill Ravana in Ramlila.”

The Ramlila is happening after a couple of years in Delhi, and hence, the committee wanted to do it on a grand scale.

“For two years we couldn’t organise Ramlila because of Covid but this year we thought to do it on a large scale so that more people can come and watch it. Thus, we involved about 22 celebs and they all became part of our Ramlila. And this is also one of the main reasons to invite Prabhas as a guest,” Kumar said.

Detailing the actors and their roles, Kumar said: “Raghav Tiwari is playing Lord Ram and ‘Sankat Mochan Hanuman’ actor Arjun Mandola is seen as Lakshman and ‘Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman’ actress Deblina Chatterjee is portraying the role of Sita.”

“‘Mahabharat’ actor Nirbhay Wadhwa is seen playing Hanuman and Akhilendra Mishra, who played Ravana in the TV show ‘Ramayana’ is playing the same role in our Ramlila too. Politician and actor Manoj Tiwari is seen as Kevat. So, we tried to involve those actors, who have been part of mythological shows and played the same characters. We tried to make it as entertaining as possible for the Delhi audience,” he said.

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