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FILM REVIEW: Adipurush

An epic’al’ debacle Cast: Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan, Kriti Sanon, Sunny Singh, Devdatt Nage, Vatsal Seth Rating: 1.5*   When you go to se...

An epic’al’ debacle

Cast: Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan, Kriti Sanon, Sunny Singh, Devdatt Nage, Vatsal Seth

Rating: 1.5*

 When you go to see Adipurush, please leave behind of whatever you have read or seen in the Ramayana, Bajrang Bali (film), Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana or even the Gurmeet Singh TV series Ramayana. This latest version of Ramayana is so dark (maybe because of the 3D) that one cannot visualise the Ramayana that is there in our heads. The ‘sone ki Lanka’ here is all dark, Ravan has a designer hairdo, the sets and Ravan’s army are straight out of Harry Potter films (read Voldemort and Deatheaters) and the short-statured Saif has been made to look like a 10-footer!

The film starts with Ravan being granted the boon of being invincible by Brahma. Cut to Raghav/Ram, Janki/Sita & Lakshman are already in exile when Surpanakha complains to Ravan that Ram and Lakshman have cut off her nose and Ravan should abduct Janaki and make her his queen. So Ravan disguises himself as a sage and abducts Janki after she steps out of her Lakshman Rekha. What follows is the quest to bring back Janaki from the clutches of Ravan.

Prabhas (voice by Sharad Kelkar) as Raghav is the weakest in the film though he has a good screen presence. He is also minus any expressions and hardly has any dialogue. Saif Ali Khan as Ravan fares much better or rather towers above the rest with his menacing looks and designer hairdo, another instance of a villain scoring over the hero. Kriti Sanon as Janaki also has little to do but is confident in her act. Sunny Singh as Shesh/ Lakshman is miscast and has nothing to do. Vatsal Seth as Indrajit impresses. Devdatta Nage as Bajrang/ Hanuman is a pale shadow of the Lord Bajrang Bali that we have seen so far.

A major letdown by Om Raut (Tanhaji), a lot was expected from him. The film fully depends on VFX. The ‘samudra’ scene is superb. Raut has made it look like something out of The Planet of the Apes (especially in the action scenes and the duel between Bali & Sugreev). Possibly the director wanted to make a new age Ramayana but took it too seriously and failed. Everything in the film looks unbelievable and unrealistic.

A careless and hurriedly made film. With a lit bit of extra thought and effort ‘Adipurush’ could have been a much better fare.

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