The Allahabad High Court has issued a notice to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to file a reply on a public interest litigation (PIL) against Om Raut’s magnum opus ‘Adipurush’.
The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad HC has fixed February 21 as the next date of hearing.
‘Adipurush’, directed by Om Raut, is the cinematic retelling of the Indian epic Ramayana, with Prabhas playing Lord Ram, Kriti Sanon as Sita and Saif Ali Khan as the mighty king Raavana.
PIL against Adipurush
According to several media reports, the petition was filed against the film claiming that the makers had released the promo online without obtaining a CBFC certificate and that it is a clear violation of rules.
Not just that, but the petitioner also objected to the outfits worn by Goddess Sita (Kriti Sanon) in the film.
It stated that people deeply believe in Lord Ram and the goddess Sita, but the film contradicts that belief.
Ever since the teaser for ‘Adipurush’ was released, it has been mired with controversy. The angry Raavana played by Saif in the teaser, who is seen sporting a beard and a buzz cut, has drawn significant criticism for his appearance. People slammed the creators for offending their religious sensibilities.
The Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti, a group of Hindu seers, has asked for the establishment of a ‘Sanatan Censor Board,’ claiming that Bollywood films improperly depict Hindu gods and goddesses.
The film was also massively trolled for its poor VFX.
Adipurush’s release postponed
‘Adipurush’ was earlier scheduled to release in January 2023. However, the makers have now said that they ‘need more time’ to give a ‘complete visual experience to the viewers’.
The magnum opus will now hit the big screens on June 16, 2023.