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Protest against ‘Adipurush’ begins in Jaipur; Groups demand ban on movie

The groups have appealed to the state government to enforce an immediate ban on the film

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June 21, 2023, 11:23 pm

Adipurush protest in Jaipur

Adipurush protest in Jaipur

JAIPUR: The National President of Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha, Pundit Suresh Mishra, has called for an immediate prohibition of the cinematic production ‘Adipurush’.

He alleges a covert scheme to defame Hanumanji along with other divine beings through this movie. The film, featuring Prabhas and Kriti Sanon, is criticised for a low-quality representation of characters from the legendary epic, Ramayana.

Mishra has appealed to the state government to enforce an immediate ban on the film, criticising its dialogue as poorly written and stating it sends mixed signals to society. He emphasised the significant influence cinema has on our perceptions and lifestyles, thereby advocating for a careful approach when producing films with religious and cultural themes, so as to not disturb the original essence.

The film’s portrayal of mythological characters is deemed as substandard and inappropriate, specifically pointing out offensive characterisations of Lord Rama, Hanuman, Sita, and Ravana. Furthermore, the film allegedly disrespects the Ramayana, which Mishra claims is playing with the faith of the country’s Hindu population, causing distress among the followers. The representation of other gods and goddesses in a fictional manner is also mentioned as unacceptable and intolerable.

The Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha had previously issued a notice to the director of the film, Om Raut, via Advocate Kamlesh Sharma last year on October 6. At that time, the director had reassured that no aspect of the film would be disrespectful. However, post the film’s release, it was alleged that the portrayals of the characters from the Ramayana were mocked.

In addition, Mishra has sought intervention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to implement an immediate ban on the film. Following this, a legal petition is also set to be filed in court on the coming Monday.

First published: June 18, 2023