The Tragic Transformation of ‘Adipurush’ – From Iconic Adaptation to Parodic Visual Disaster
In a much-anticipated cinematic endeavour starring Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan and Kriti Sanon, ‘Adipurush’ sought to bring the timeless tale of the epic Ramayana to life. However, what was meant to be a grand adaptation quickly turned into a parodic visual disaster with misguided character depictions; according to various reports. With a precipitous decline in Box Office collections after an initially strong opening weekend, it became clear that Adipurush had missed the mark on multiple levels.
Unveiling the Epic Story of Adipurush:
Adipurush weaves together the legendary narrative of Lord Rama’s triumph over the demon king Ravana, showcasing the eternal struggle between righteousness and malevolence. Prabhas takes on the revered role of Lord Rama (Raghav), while Saif Ali Khan embodies the enigmatic antagonist, Lankesh (Raavan). The film invites viewers into the extraordinary exploits and arduous challenges faced by Lord Rama as he embarks on a perilous quest to rescue his abducted wife, Sita (Janaki) played by Kriti Sanon.
Adipurush Controversies and Backlash:
However, Adipurush didn’t come without its fair share of controversies. Public outrage erupted over certain offensive and obscene language used in the Hanuman-Lanka Dahan scene, causing considerable uproar. Striving for a modern adaptation, the filmmakers took liberties that proved to be misguided. The contemporized portrayal of the characters failed to strike a chord with the audience, leaving many disappointed.
Casting Concerns and VFX Mishaps – Adipurush:
One of the major let-downs of Adipurush was the casting choice of Prabhas as Lord Rama (Raghav). Regrettably, his performance fell short, with a lack of expressions transforming the character into an aggressive figure rather than the embodiment of calmness. Moreover, the excessive use of VFX rendering in ‘Adipurush’ stripped away the essence of the characters, resulting in a messy blend of over-the-top CGI and subpar visual effects. Critics and viewers alike likened the characters to poorly generated video game avatars, exacerbating the film’s visual shortcomings.
Adipurush Writing Woes and Skipped Chapters:
The screenplay of Adipurush left much to be desired, with crucial chapters of the Ramayana being skipped and the overall writing falling below expectations. One IMDb reviewer went so far as to call it the “worst depiction of the holy Ramayana” and criticised the inclusion of derogatory dialogues, further adding to the Adipurush’s disarray.
Appreciating the Musical Score of Adipurush:
Amidst the shortcomings, there were some glimmers of hope. Adipurushâ€™ songs, particularly the soul-stirring “Jai Shree Ram”, garnered appreciation from the audience. Nevertheless, these moments couldn’t compensate for the lavish production value and disappointing visual effects that plagued the overall experience of Adipurush.
The Bottom Line – Should I watch Adipurush?
As the curtains closed on ‘Adipurush’, it served as a stark reminder that even the most iconic tales can be tarnished when artistic vision misses its mark. While it may have caught the attention of the audience, it failed to capture their hearts.
That said, the stars have given their heart and soul to deliver their best on screen. It would definitely be worthwhile to watch Prabhasâ€™ Bollywood debut in â€˜Adipurushâ€™, after ‘Saaho’ and ‘Baahubali’. Even the role of Saif Ali Khan as Raavan is said to be out of the world. Despite the poor VFX used for his iconic character, Saif’s performance managed to captivate the public; one could notice his efforts in doing justice to the role.
More to that, the makers are said to have spent an additional Rs 100 crore to improve its VFX, following the trolls of its first trailer launch. And of course, the musical score of Adipurush deserves special recognition for its brilliance and artistry.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether or not to watch Adipurush, taking into consideration your own preferences and expectations. Do share your thoughts!