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‘Hanuman shown wearing leather’ — MP minister slams ‘Adipurush’ director, threatens legal action

The first 3D trailer of the movie starring Saif Ali Khan as ‘Ravan’, Prabhas as ‘Ram’ and Kriti Sanon as ‘Sita’ from the epic was released on 2 October in Ayodhya.

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New Delhi: After ‘Brahmastra’, another Bollywood movie has run into rough weather, with Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra Tuesday threatening legal action against the makers of multi-starrer film ‘Adipurush’ for its “objectionable scenes” depicting Hindu mythological figures. The movie, starring Saif Ali Khan, Prabhas and Kriti Sanon, is based on the epic Ramayana.

“The film Adipurush contains many objectionable scenes that hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindu community. I am writing a letter to the producer-director of the film Om Raut on this. Even after this, if the objectionable scenes are not removed, then we will consider taking legal action,” Mishra said.

The first 3D trailer of the movie starring Khan as ‘Ravan’, Prabhas as ‘Ram’ and Sanon as ‘Sita’ from the epic was released on 2 October in Ayodhya. The film’s 50-feet-long poster and teaser was also launched.

Mishra also raised objections to costumes worn by the actors representing the figures in the epic. “I have seen the trailer and there are indeed objectionable scenes. The way they have projected the scenes which constitute the centre of our religious sentiments are objectionable. For instance, ‘Hanuman’ ji has been shown wearing an attire made of leather whereas he has always been depicted as ‘kanan kundal kunchit kesa hath varjra aur dhwaja viraje’ (wearing ‘kundal’ [earrings], and having long, curly hair). He is holding a lightning bolt in one hand and in the other a banner with sacred thread across his shoulder.”

Mishra added that the description of ‘Hanuman’s’ attire is mentioned in the epic.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) also said the film hurts the religious sentiments of the Hindu community and asked its makers to make appropriate changes. VHP National Spokesperson Vinod Bansal said the movie’s trailer has objectionable content.

‘Artists shouldn’t say things that hurt sentiments of people’

The minister had earlier said that the Madhya Pradesh government was considering banning Leena Manimekalai’s documentary ‘Kaali’ in the state, accusing it of insulting goddess Kaali.

Recently, Bajrang Dal activists had called for a boycott of the Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Brahmastra’ after a 2011 interview of Kapoor surfaced on social media where he had said that he was a beef lover.

“My family is from Peshawar…I am a big beef fan,” he had said in the old interview.

Mishra had also reacted to this and hinted there was a valid reason for the protests against the Ayan Mukerji film. “An artist should not use words which hurt the sentiments of people,” Mishra told reporters when asked about the Bajrang Dal protests.


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