On Friday, the Allahabad High Court criticized the makers of the film Adipurush for their shameful and vulgar depiction of certain characters. The court has ordered the film’s director, Om Raut, producer, Bhushan Kumar, and dialogue writer, Manoj Muntashir, to appear in person before the court on July 27, along with personal affidavits explaining their intentions. The court’s criticism was based on two petitions filed by Kuldeep Tiwari and another person, who alleged that the film’s trailer showed Lord Rama and other characters in a derogatory manner.
The court said that the makers of the film should not have depicted religious figures in such a way, and that their actions could hurt the sentiments of millions of people. The court has ordered the makers of the film to appear in person to explain their reasons for depicting the characters in the way they did. The court has also asked them to file personal affidavits explaining their bonafides, or intentions. The Allahabad High Court has ordered the constitution of an expert committee to re-examine whether the upcoming film Adipurush is true to the Ramayana, which appears to be its main source of inspiration.
The court passed the order in response to two public interest litigation (PIL) petitions calling for a ban on the film, alleging that it depicted religious figures in a derogatory manner. The court slammed the filmmakers for not being sensitive to the holiness and sanctity of the characters, for using substandard dialogues and cheap language. The expert committee will be composed of historians, religious scholars, and film experts, and will be tasked with examining the film’s content and determining whether it is faithful to the Ramayana. The committee’s findings will be submitted to the court, which will then decide whether to ban the film or allow it to be released.