Adipurush, directed by Om Raut, drew a range of reactions when its teaser debuted. Meanwhile, some online users mocked Saif Ali Khan's portrayal of Ravan. Om Raut, the director, and Manoj Muntashir, the dialogue writer, have now spoken out.
The film director and writer team responded to the criticism in an interview with Aaj Tak. They said, “Our Ravan in today's time is demonic, he is cruel. The one who has abducted our Goddess Sita is cruel. We have shown what Raavan looks like in today's time. This is not a film or a project for us. This is a mission for us.”
Om continued, “Our film is a symbol of our devotion and we need everyone's blessings for this. Whosoever is speaking about the film are our elders. I am listening to all of them and taking note of everything. When you will watch the film in January 2023, I will not disappoint anyone.”
Saif's Ravan is shown holding a tripundit (three horizontal lines on the forehead in the form of a tilak) in the teaser, which lasts one minute and 35 seconds, Muntashir added. “I want to ask which Khilji sports a tilak or a tripund? Which Khilji wears a janeu (holy thread) and rudraksh? Our Ravan sports all of these in the tiny teaser”, he added.
The mythical movie based on the Ramayana is scheduled to be out on January 12 of the following year. Prabhas and Kriti Sanon will play Ram and Sita, and Khan will portray Lankesh.