Malavika Avinash, an actor and spokesman for the BJP, criticised Om Raut for “misrepresenting” the Ramayana and how he presented Raavana in the teaser for his next historical epic “Adipurush.”
Adipurush, starring Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan, and Kriti Sanon, was developed with the intention of bringing the Ramayana’s story to the big screen, but ever since its first trailer was released yesterday, it has received overwhelmingly bad reviews from a variety of sources.
People have been largely let down by the film’s subpar VFX and several characters, including Saif’s Raavan, who have ridiculous looks. Saif’s appearance in the movie, which has short spiked hair, a long beard, and kajal eyes, has drawn comparisons to Alauddin Khilji rather than Raavana from a number of online users.
Malavika expressed her displeasure with the portrayal of Raavana in an interview with ANI, saying, “I am saddened by the fact that the director let alone researching the Valmiki’s Ramayana, Kamba Ramayana, or Tulsidasa’s Ramayana, or the countless numbers of interpretations of Ramayana that are available across the board as far as Thailand where they do beautiful performances of the Ramayana.
There are numerous Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil films that depict Raavana’s appearance; the least he could have done is revisit them.
“To have a sense of how Raavana seemed, he only needed to look up NT Rama Rao, Dr. Rajkumar from “Bhookailasa,” or any of these outstanding actors, such SV Ranga Rao from “Sampoorna Ramayana.” The Raavana in the image I’ve seen flying around is a man with blue eye makeup and leather jackets who doesn’t even somewhat like an Indian. They are representing our history, so they cannot claim artistic freedom to do so “She went on.
According to Malavika “Ramayana represents our country, its civilization, and its people, the speaker said. It is who we were. No one should take it for granted, least of all a director of a movie. This portrayal makes me sad and furious at the same time “.
The BJP spokesperson also shared a tweet earlier today that criticised the portrayal of Raavana in “Adipurush.”
She penned, “A Shiva-Bhakta Brahmin from Lanka, Ravana was skilled in 64 different skills.
Due to a curse, Jaya (Vijay), who was watching after Vaikunta, became Ravana! This may be a Turkish dictator, but Ravana is not here! Stop distorting our history and the Ramayana in Bollywood! Have you heard about NTRamaRao, the legend?”
In addition to Saif’s Raavana, the portrayal of the Pushpak aircraft, which has always been artistically pleasing, has also received harsh criticism from online users because in the teaser Saif is depicted riding a terrifying creature that resembles a mutant bat.
At a large celebration in Ayodhya on Sunday, the teaser for the Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan, and Kriti Sanon blockbuster Adipurush was unveiled. Netizens quickly turned to social media to share memes about how unhappy they are with the product after the teaser was released. A short while after the debut, the hashtag “#Disappointed” started trending on Twitter. Prabhas will play the part of Rama in the film, which is based on the Hindu mythological epic Ramayana, and Saif Ali Khan will play Lankesh, Rama’s enemy. Playing Sita is actress Kriti Sanon.
The most outraged individuals were those who disliked Saif’s portrayal of Ravana. Netizens began speculating as to whether the actor will be portraying Alauddin Khilji or Ravana in the movie. One of the social media users jokingly stated, “I mean seriously!!! Is Ravan’s name going to be changed to Rizwan? Who is grooming his moustache? Has Javid Habib? The teaser’s depiction of Pushpak Viman, Ravana’s lute, has also drawn criticism from online users. These memes are a few:
The Adipurush teaser as well as Saif Ali Khan’s Ravan appearance have stunned the internet. Internet users have compared his appearance to Aurangzeb, Taimur, and Khilji.
The internet users were let down by the Adipurush teaser. The first teaser, which was directed by Om Raut, stars Sunny Singh as Lakshman, Saif Ali Khan as Ravan, Prabhas as Lord Ram, and Kriti Sanon as Sita. On October 2, a large ceremony in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, saw the teaser’s release. But the teaser is currently making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
THE LOOK OF SAIF ALI KHAN AS RAVAN
While the trailer won over some fans, it received harsh criticism for its poor VFX. Additionally, Saif, who plays Lankesh in the movie, received negative feedback from online users for his appearance. Some even said that the Mughal invader Timur, sometimes known as Taimur, resembled him more.
Saif’s appearance was compared to Khilji on Twitter by the user “This film denigrates the Ramayan. First of all, why don’t Ravan and Hanuman wear mukut? What kind of hairstyle was applied to Saif? He resembles Khilji. One of the wisest Bramhins who cannot see his Janva was Ravan. Please stop offending our feelings. #Aadipurish #DisappointingAdipurish”
Here is a more tweet where a user compared Saif to Khilji in terms of appearance.