Spare Religious Texts: Allahabad High Court Slams Censor Board Amid Adipurush Backlash

Adipurush, starring Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan has been the victim of massive trolling and criticism since its release. The film is based on the mythological epic Ramayana and was released in cinemas on June 16. This movie stars Prabhas as Lord Ram, Kriti Sanon as Goddess Sita, Saif Ali Khan as Ravana and Sunny Singh as Laxman. 

There was a huge controversy and backlash from the audience regarding some dialogues in the movie, after which the makers decided to edit them. Some of the triggering dialogues in the film are ‘Marega bete’, ‘bua ka bagichan hain kya’, ‘ jalegi tere baap ki’ etc. After the backlash, makers edited these dialogues. They even reduced the ticket price to Rs 150 to make the movie run in theatres. 

Allahabad High Court’s Decision

During all this backlash, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, comprising Justice Rajesh Singh Chauhan and Justice Sriprakash Singh slammed the censor board brutally. During a hearing on the plea regarding the controversial dialogues of the movie, the court said  “What is it that the censor board keeps doing? What do you want to teach the future generations?”

The court also asked why the producer, director and other parties were absent from the hearing. The petition was filled by Advocate Kuldeep Tiwari. The court also asked the film-makers to spare religious texts like Holy Quran, Guru Granth Sahib, and Gita from the movie industry. The court agreed on several objectionable facts that were put before it. The movie shows Ravana feeding meat to bats, black coloured Lanka, bats being a vehicle of Ravana and Vibhishan’s wife giving Sanjeevani Booti to Laxman. The court agreed with all these facts, and the next hearing was set for yesterday, June 27.

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