Much-awaited movie of south sensation Prabhas Adipurush released in theatres, but this is not Ramayana we want.
Om Raut is a famous Indian film director, Writer, and Producer. His last directed movie
Tanhaji received the National Film Award in 2022. And Now the much-anticipated movie Adipurush directed by Om Raut, has been released in theaters. We are wondering how someone with abundant resources and research can retell an epic tale as old as time in the worst possible way. Let’s have a look at Adipurush’s movie review:
In this article, we’ll break down the Prabhas starrer Adipurush’s movie into three parts; casting, plot, relevance and accuracy, CGI, and VFX, and discuss how a movie with a budget of INR 600 crore has become a disaster.
is pretty decent due to its loyal fan following of Prabhas, the negative reviews make us question if the movie would be able to break even or not.
Adipurush box office collection
Name Adipurush Director Om Raut Writer Om Raut, Manoj Muntashir Producer Bhushan Kumar, Krishnan Kumar, Om Raut, Prasad Sutar, Rajesh Nair Star Cast Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan, Kriti Sanon, Sunny Singh, Devdatta Nage Run Time 179 minutes Budget INR 600 crore
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It Started with the Teaser
Firstly, let’s talk about the Adipurush movie review and the hype that the makers of the film created. From marketing the movie on social media platforms and through PR, the movie generated a fair amount of publicity. Then the teaser was released, and the hype that the makers had created backfired.
The teaser of the movie was trolled for the lack of good VFX; one would expect a movie with a grandiose budget to at least compensate for high-quality VFX and CGI, and not just that the color grading of the movie was based on dark colors like blue and grey, which is not associated with a rich color movie such as Ramayana. Furthermore, Ravana’s hairstyle was what made the viewers of the teaser cringe. These are the things that made a bad impression on Adipurush’s movie review.
There were so many basic things wrong with the teaser that Om Raut had to delay the release of the movie, and later in an Instagram post, the director said that he promised to deliver a complete visual experience to viewers and the movie will be released on June 16, 2023.
Ways in Which the Editors Saved the Trailer
The trailer for the film was released on May 9, 2023, on YouTube under the banner of T-Series. The trailer saved the movie with the way it started with a BGM that many are familiar with, and the continuous chants of Jai Shree Ram gave an emotional connection to the audience so that they could hide all the bad things and make a good impression of Adipurush movie review.
In the trailer, the editors don’t reveal Saif Ali Khan’s look as Ravana, as if we don’t know what he looks like from the teaser. Well, that was a good move, as it generated a desire to watch the movie.
The wide-angle shots that showcased the beauty of Ram and Seeta were absolutely beautiful, and that increased the expectations of the audience.
Finally, Adipurush Movie
The big day when Adipurush hit the silver screens was June 16, 2023, and the honest reactions to the movie are here. The majority of Internet users have given their verdict to Adipurush, inspired by the epic tale of Ramayana by Valmiki, and what follows is a truckload of memes trolling the movie, such as the one below.
Adipurush Casting Choice
After the teaser for Adipurush was released, many fans of the epic tale came to call out the Indian filmmaker and director Om Raut for miscasting. The audience’s Adipurush movie review was very disappointed after seeing the casting choice for key characters and went on Twitter to express their dissatisfaction. However, Om Raut, in an interview with India Today, revealed how Prabhas was his only choice and went on to talk about how Adipurush is a film for the new generation.
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Now let’s talk about the individual performances of the star cast of Adipurush
Adipurush features an ensemble cast of Prabhas as Raghava, Kriti Sanon as Janaki, Sunny Singh as Shesha, and Saif Ali Khan as Lankesh. There are mixed reviews for the performance of the star cast, but all things considered, here is what we think.
Prabhas fails to capture the poise and greatness of Lord Rama. Yes, he is great at battle scenes that require him to be composed, as was Raghava; however, he falls short of portraying the true essence of the character.
Saif Ali Khan as Lankesh becomes the victim of bad writing; however, he delivers an impeccable performance as the supreme antagonist of the epic tale.
Kriti Sanon gives a unique flair to her character, and fans have agreed that Kriti’s portrayal of Janaki is what enthralls the audience and delivers a decent performance.
Sunny Singh’s performance as Shesha is described as underwhelming by many fans of the Ramayana saga.
The Cast of Adipurush
Actor Role Details Prabhas Raghava Read Saif Ali Khan Lankesh Read Kriti Sanon Janaki Read Sunny Singh Shesha Read Devdatta Nage Bajrang Read Vatsal Sheth Inderjit Read Sonal Chauhan Mandodari Read Sidhhant Karnick Vibhishan Read Tejaswini Pandit Shurpanakha Read Trupti Toradmal Sarama Read Ayesha Madhukar Maya Read Krishna Kotian Dsharartha Read Sonali Khare Kaikeyi Read Ajit Shidhaye Prahasta Read Asha Sharma Shabari Read Bijay J Anand Brahma Read
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Everyone is aware of the fact that Adipurush has been penned by Om Raut and is based on the Ramayana, the battle between good and evil. The movie gives a quick recap of Ram before Vanvas, and then it teleports to what looks like a scene from a Game of Thrones set where Lankesh is being granted a boon from Lord Brahma.
Following that is the usual sequence that those who are familiar with the classic tale of the Ramayana know of, which is Shurpanakha losing her nose and Ravan abducting Sita by impersonating a Sadhu (saint).
Now let’s talk about the basic things wrong with this plot. Firstly, the script and the story go hand in hand; if one is lacking, the latter will crumble as well, and that is exactly what happened with the movie helmed by Om Raut.
The dialogues in the film are cringe-worthy, and some are totally unacceptable. Manoj Muntashir, who has previously written dialogues for
Vikram Vedha, is the dialogue writer for Prabhas starrer Adipurush.
The backlash was so severe that the makers decided to revise the script; moreover, the most controversial dialogue is said by Lord Hanuman: “Kapda Tere Baap Ka, Tel Tere Baap Ka, Jalegi Bhi Tere Baap Ki,” which has hurt the sentiments of many Indians.
Furthermore, as ANI reported, All India Cine Association workers have penned a letter requesting the prime minister ban the film across the globe from theaters and OTT platforms.
Relevance and Accuracy with Ramayana
Many aspects of this film fall short of portraying the true essence of the Ramayana. Om Raut chooses creative liberty over retelling a story that is etched deep in the hearts of many Indians.
Firstly, the vehicle in which Lankesh goes out to battle should not be a GOT-inspired bat as portrayed in the film; instead, it should be Pushpak Vimaan as told in the scriptures. That is not even the major flaw, but the fact that the makers omitted the part where Vibhishan informs Ram about Lankesh’s vulnerability being his navel is the one to watch out for.
The mention of Nal and Neel is absent, and the emotional impact of Jatayu’s sacrifice is missing.
VFX and CGI Mishaps
It is impossible to overlook the low quality of CGI and VFX, and the lack of real humans in this film is appalling, so much so that you can count the main cast on your fingertips. The rest are just bad renderings of CGI characters, including the Vanar Sena, who look similar to the Planet of the Apes movie characters.
The video-gamified Adipurush doesn’t do justice to the budget of the film. The visual effects are substandard and sparked a meme fest on social media apps, and the film is being called a cheap copy of Marvel’s Avengers.
The Flood of Memes
Well, it is true that no movie can escape negative feedback from fans, but from start to finish, Adipurush has become the target of criticism and trolling due to bad VFX and cringe-worthy dialogue.
Memes play a big part in our culture, we have seen
Mirzapur memes take over the internet and made everyone watch the series. The same is happening with Adipurush, but instead, it works as a warning not to watch the movie.
Om Raut’s Adipurush serves as a modern retelling of the Ramayana Saga that fails to exceed the audience’s expectations with uncouth dialogues and disregards Hindu mythology. The first half of the movie is great and neat, but the second half is bland and slow-paced. Yes, the BGM adds depth and makes up for the bland sequences; however, the movie that Raut had envisioned is not on par with
Doordarshan’s 1978 Ramayana or even the Indo-Japanese take on the Legend of Prince Rama.