‘Adipurush’ writer Manoj Muntashir issues public apology, says he accepts people’s emotions were hurt

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MUMBAI: ‘Adipurush’ writer Manoj Muntashir on Saturday apologised to people for hurting their religious sentiments with his controversial dialogues of the much-talked-about film.

Taking to Twitter, Manoj wrote, “I accept people’s emotions have been hurt by Adipurush. With folded hands, I extend my unconditional apologies. May Prabhu Bajrang Bali keep us united and grant us strength to serve our sacred Sanatan and our great nation”.

https://twitter.com/manojmuntashir/status/1677504640009781250

His post evoked mixed reactions from netizens as many feel that it is now too late to seek an apology. “You are too late to apologise”, a social media user commented. “Badi jaldi Maafi maang liye sahab But thik hai, Der aaye durust aaye”, another one wrote.

Directed by Om Raut, ‘Adipurush’, which is an adaptation of the epic Ramayana, has drawn heavy criticism post-release. The film stars Prabhas as Lord Ram, Kriti Sanon as Goddess Sita, Sunny Singh as Lakshman and Saif Ali Khan as Ravana.

From critics to reviewers, many expressed disappointment over certain dialogues in the film. Among the dialogues over which the makers have drawn flak are ‘Marega Bete’, ‘Bua Ka Bagicha Hain Kya’ and ‘Jalegi Tere Baap Ki’. In the wake of such flak, the makers of ‘Adipurush’ reworked the dialogues.

Amid the row, Manoj had requested protection, citing a threat to his life. The Mumbai police have provided him security and said that they are investigating the matter.

The All India Cine Workers Association wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Mumbai police, demanding registration of a case against the producer, director and writer of the film.

In fact, the criticism and controversy surrounding Adipurush brought the 1987 Ramayan back to the small screen as disappointed audiences compared the film to the hit show. (ANI)

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