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Allahabad HC On Adipurush Row: ‘Don’t Disturb Religious Feelings’

While hearing a petition demanding a ban on the film, the Lucknow bench of the high court asked why movies are made on the Ramayana, Quran or Bible when such projects hurt the viewers’ religious sentiments.

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THE Allahabad High Court has slammed the makers of Adipurush, the epic drama based on the Ramayana. After hearing two PILs which demanded a ban on the film, the Allahabad HC pulled up the director Om Raut and writer Manoj Muntashir Shukla for using pedestrian dialogues that sparked outrage across the country.

The Court also told the makers to ‘make a short documentary on the Quran that depicts wrong things, and then you will see what will happen.’

While hearing a petition demanding a ban on the film, the Lucknow bench of the high court asked why movies are made on the Ramayana, Quran or Bible when such projects hurt the viewers’ religious sentiments.

The vacation bench of justices Rajesh Singh Chauhan and Shree Prakash Singh further stated that despite the ‘blunders’ made by Adipurush director, situation hasn’t turned ugly, courtesy the ‘tolerance of Hindus’. “Suppose a small documentary was made on the Quran, can you think what kind of a serious law and order problem would have been created. But because of the tolerance of Hindus, things are not turning ugly despite this blunder by filmmakers.”

While elucidating the shameful manner in which the characters were portrayed in the movie, the bench said, “Lord Shiva was shown to be running with his trishul in a movie. Now, Lord Ram and other characters of Ramayana have been shown in a very shameful manner. Should it not stop?”

During the course of hearing, the bench also stressed on the need to lay out specific guidelines which making such movies. The bench emphasised that films made on religious subjects should not “instigate the religious feelings of any community”.

On the plea of production house’s senior lawyer Sudeep Seth that there is no book which depicts the dress of Lord Ram and other characters of Ramayana, Justice Singh asked Seth if he has not gone through the original copy of the Constitution of India which contains pictures of Lord Ram and other gods shown in decent dresses.  Seth was left speechless when the bench asked him if he would like to worship idols of indecently dressed gods as shown in the movie in his prayer room.

Hearing the PIL filed by Kuldeep Tiwari and Naveen Dhawan seeking ban on the movie, the bench asked deputy solicitor general S B Pandey as to why the central government was not reviewing the certificate granted by the Central Board of Film Certification for telecasting the movie.

To this, Mr Pandey said that the bench should come out with a solution while opposing the PIL, saying that the censor board had granted the certificate to telecast the movie after a panel of many senior board members watched it.

“Better senses should prevail over such sacramental members,” reacted the bench sharply in a crowded open court.

When the bench asked additional advocate general V K Shahi as to why the state government was not taking any action, he said the act of the filmmakers was incorrigible.

Earlier, arguing on the PIL, advocates Ranjana Agnihotri and Prince Lenin stressed that the movie should immediately be banned.

After hearing the PIL, the bench proposed to pass the order in its chamber. The court, however, made it clear that it may issue notice to the makers of “Adipurush” and ask the central government as to why it was not taking action to cancel the certificate granted by the censor board for telecasting the movie. 

(With inputs from PTI)


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