Months after the release of the Prabhas and Kriti Sanon-starrer Adipurush, the film’s dialogue writer, Manoj Muntashir Shukla, has acknowledged that the movie was ‘wrong’. He went on to explain that the intentions behind the film were good, but there were mistakes made in the process.
In an interview with The Lallantop, Muntashir said, “Adipurush is a film which was made with good intentions, but it was wrong, and by accepting this, I will not become small.” When asked why the film was ‘wrong’, he said, “Every film has a narrative, which we think about, before making a film. So when we were making the film, our intentions were that the movie’s penetration should be towards youngsters and children, who seem disconnected.”
The writer said that their aim was to reach the targeted audience and make them understand that their leader is not only ‘Captain America’ but their leader can also be Lord Ram and Bajrangbali. He added, “Our mistake might have been that we did not understand and we forgot the difference between simple and simplistic. We became very much simplistic.”
Talking about the dialogues like “Kapda tere baap ka. Tel tere baap ka. Aag bhi tere baap ki. Toh jalegi bhi tere baap ki,” which was said by Hanuman ji, he said, “We were looking at it through the lens of Ramleela and maybe this was a mistake.”
Manoj Muntashir explained that he grew up watching Ramleelas and said that Hanuman ji’s character was often a comic relief. The writer said that he has neither made the film nor directed it and added, “I cannot claim that the film was made properly. I did not make the film, the sooner people understand this the better.”
मैं स्वीकार करता हूँ कि फ़िल्म आदिपुरुष से जन भावनायें आहत हुईं हैं.
अपने सभी भाइयों-बहनों, बड़ों, पूज्य साधु-संतों और श्री राम के भक्तों से, मैं हाथ जोड़ कर, बिना शर्त क्षमा माँगता हूँ.
भगवान बजरंग बली हम सब पर कृपा करें, हमें एक और अटूट रहकर अपने पवित्र सनातन और महान देश की…
— Manoj Muntashir Shukla (@manojmuntashir) July 8, 2023
He also addressed the viral video where he claimed that Bajrangbali or Lord Hanuman is ‘not a god,’ but rather gains his divine status due to the strength of his devotion to Lord Ram. He said, “That day I was defending the film and my intention was that our emotions behind making the film should reach the audience. My words were taken out of context and a 4-second clip was made viral.”