Lately, it is next to impossible to not be a part of the Adipurush discourse. The film, directed by Om Raut, has been in the news ever since its first teaser was launched a couple of months ago. Post the film, release the mythological fantasy epic has received mostly negative reviews for its tacky visual effects, bad acting, and overall weak script.
Still, there is a section of the media that has been lauding the film for talking about Hindu pride. This is happening even though the film has been slammed by various outfits for its wrongful depiction of the epic Ramayan.
The film contains some dialogues, one of them said by Lord Hanuman, that are borderline tacky and obnoxious to say the least. Despite this, the film’s writer Manoj Muntashir and director Om Raut have been giving statements and interviews to defend their film or shifting the blame. Following these whistles, many so-called experts and media personnel are also hyping the film. Amid nationwide protest and criticism, it’s hard to witness how anyone can support a film that is downright offensive and simply a bad piece of work.
Bheed, A Film That Didn’t Get Its Due
Now compare that with the reception Anubhav Sinha‘s Bheed received. The black-and-white film chronicled the life of various people, including migrant workers and cops, whose lives were impacted by the sudden lockdown in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is obviously not easy to watch. But it is an essential watch. Especially at times like these when talking about what’s happening around us is increasingly becoming difficult.
Despite its great performances and tight screenplay, the film failed to generate numbers at the box office. However, it received a lot of good reviews and was eventually seen by a lot of people on Netflix. But, one thing worth noting is that the same media was lashing out at the film for glorifying the lockdown as if it didn’t happen. Sinha even had to remove the mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech announcing the lockdown from the trailer.
It’s really hard to realize that the same group of people reacts differently to different films according to their own biases and ideologies. But we should never forget that art is political. And everything boils down to the intention of the filmmaker. In Adipurush‘s case, feels like they felt they could get away with anything in the name of religion.
What is funnier that T Series removed its name from Bheed and disowned the film after media backlash but proudly flaunting Adipurush, probably most obnoxious film of recent times.
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