The controversy surrounding Adipurush doesn’t seem to die down anytime soon as an Uttar Pradesh lawyer has now filed a plea against Saif Ali Khan and director Om Raut. In an earlier interview, Saif had said that the film was going to show the ‘humane’ side of Ravan. This didn’t go down well with BJP leader Ram Kadam who had released a statement saying that his party won’t tolerate if any attempts are made to hurt Hindu sentiments. After which, Saif had apologised for his comments in a statement.
WHAT IS THE NEW CASE?
Himanshu Srivastava, a civil court advocate, has filed a plea in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The ACJM court has fixed December 23 as the next date of hearing in the case. In his petition, the advocate has alleged that Saif Ali Khan’s interview is a negative portrayal of “faith” and “faith in Sanatan Dharma”. He added that the actor’s comment has hurt his religious sentiments along with that of other people who saw the interview.
In his petition, the advocate added that he has deep faith in ‘Sanatan Dharma’. He said that Lord Ram has been considered a symbol of good and Ravan, a symbol of evil. In this context, the festival of Vijayadashami is celebrated every year. The film under the title Adipurush is being made on Lord Ram, starring actor Saif Ali Khan as a character very similar to Ravan.
WHAT HAD SAIF SAID ABOUT RAVAN IN THE INTERVIEW?
In an interview, Saif Ali Khan, who is playing the role of Ravan in Adipurush, had said that the film will show the ‘humane’ side of Ravan. He said, “It’s interesting to play a demon king, less strictures in that. But we will make him humane, up the entertainment quotient, justify his abduction of Sita and the war with Ram as revenge for what was done to his sister Surpanakha by Lakshman, who cut off her nose.”
WHAT HAD RAM KADAM SAID?
After Saif Ali Khan’s comments on Adipurush and the portrayal of Ravan in the film, BJP leader Ram Kadam took to Twitter to issue a statement directed at Saif Ali Khan and Adipurush director Om Raut. In his statement, he said, “Saif Ali Khan makes an extremely shocking statement regarding his forthcoming film Adipurush. Saif who plays Ravan’s character says Ravan’s abduction of Sita Maa will be justified in the film. Ravan’s humane side will be shown and his war against Sri Ram will be justified. @OmRaut director, you made #Tanhaji which was well received worldwide because it does justice to Hindu pride and Marathi asmita. But if #Adhipurush plans to show Ravan in positive light and justify the inhuman act of abduction of Sita Maa, we will never allow that to happen. Hope better sense prevails.”
Actor #SaifAliKhan makes an extremely shocking statement regarding his forthcoming film Adipurush. Saif who plays Ravan's character says Ravan's abduction of Sita Maa will be justified in the film. Ravan's humane side will be shown and his war against Sri Ram will be justified.
— Ram Kadam – राम कदम (@ramkadam) December 6, 2020
HOW DID SAIF ALI KHAN APOLOGISE?
Saif Ali Khan released a statement to apologise for his comment after the BJP leader Ram Kadam said that it hurt Hindu sentiments. In his statement, Saif Ali Khan said, “I’ve been made aware that one of my statements during an interview, has caused a controversy and hurt people’s sentiments. This was never my intention or meant that way. I would like to sincerely apologise to everybody and withdraw my statement. Lord Ram has always been the symbol of Righteousness & Heroism for me. Adipurush is about celebrating the victory of good over evil and the entire team is working together to present the epic without any distortions.”
Adipurush is an upcoming film directed by Om Raut. Saif will play the role of Lankesh, the demon King Ravan, in the film. It will feature Prabhas in the role of Lord Ram. Adipurush will hit screen on August 11, 2022.
Source: India Today