June 29, 2023, During Wednesday’s hearing, the Allahabad High Court called upon filmmakers to refrain from making movies based on religious texts and epics. The court made this statement while considering petitions seeking a ban on director Om Raut’s film, Adipurush. The bench, consisting of Justice Rajesh Singh Chauhan and Shree Prakash Singh, also expressed that religious texts such as the Quran and the Bible should be treated with the same caution.
The court emphasized the importance of not portraying religions negatively and stated that the court itself is impartial and unbiased toward any religion. It further criticized filmmakers, accusing them of being driven solely by financial gain.
Justice Chauhan made a notable remark, highlighting the potential controversy that would arise from even a short documentary depicting the wrong aspects of the Quran. The court pointed out that continuous efforts to disrupt social harmony are ongoing and expressed the seriousness of the matter by stating that the producer of Adipurush will be required to appear in court, emphasizing that this is not a trivial issue.
One of the judges revealed that many individuals had informed him that they could not watch the entire film due to their deep-rooted beliefs in Lord Ram, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanuman, as they felt the movie misrepresented these revered figures.
The court also reprimanded the members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for certifying a film that presented the Ramayana in such a manner. It agreed with the petitioner’s claim that sentiments had been hurt and expressed concern about the potential consequences if they remained silent.
In response to online outrage and negative reviews, the makers of Adipurush have taken steps to revamp the movie’s dialogues. The film features Prabhas as Lord Ram, Kriti as Goddess Sita, Sunny Singh as Lakshman, and Saif Ali Khan as Ravana.