Adipurush Makers Extend Apology to Kathmandu Mayor, Appeal for Lifting Ban on Film
Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah Imposes Ban on Adipurush and Other Indian Films Over Dialogue Concerns
Om Raut’s Adipurush, featuring Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Saif Ali Khan, has faced severe backlash on social media following its release on June 16. The film has been subjected to criticism for its subpar visual effects and dialogues. In response to the ban imposed by Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah on the film’s release, the creators of Adipurush have now issued a formal apology to him.
Adipurush producers express remorse to Kathmandu Mayor for their actions
Following the controversy surrounding the incorrect reference to Sita’s birthplace in Adipurush, Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah issued a threat to ban Indian films in the city, including the mentioned film. Despite the warning, the makers of Adipurush chose not to make any alterations to the film. However, on Sunday, Mayor Shah reiterated his disappointment and confirmed the ban on Indian films in Kathmandu. In response, the producers of Adipurush took the initiative to write an apology letter to the Mayor, urging him to reconsider and revoke the ban.
In a section of the letter, the makers expressed their sincere apologies if the film had unintentionally offended the sentiments of the Nepalese people. They emphasized that their intention was never to purposefully create discord or disharmony. The letter also addressed the dialogue delivered by Prabhas, clarifying the underlying intention behind it. Additionally, it emphasized the filmmakers’ commitment to respecting women worldwide, emphasizing the significance of this value to them as Indians. The makers requested the Kathmandu Mayor to perceive the film in its artistic form and support its aim of generating interest among a broader audience, thereby promoting an appreciation for history.
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Balen Shah Raises Concerns Over “Adipurush” Dialogue Referring to Janaki as India’s Daughter
In his previous statement, Balen Shah expressed his concerns regarding the dialogue in “Adipurush” that referred to Janaki as India’s daughter, deeming it objectionable. He stated that a three-day ultimatum was given to the makers to rectify the dialogue. He emphasized the paramount importance of safeguarding Nepal’s national interests, including its freedom, independence, and self-respect, which is the responsibility of the government, governmental agencies, non-governmental sectors, and Nepali citizens. Shah expressed apprehension that if the film were to be showcased without amendments, it could potentially inflict severe and irreparable damage to Nepal’s nationality, cultural unity, and national identity.
He further stated that the film had drawn significant attention to the issue of cultural encroachment in Nepal, particularly in the metropolitan city. In order to prevent the propagation of misleading information, he imposed a ban on the screening of any Indian film in the Kathmandu metropolitan city until the objectionable elements in “Adipurush” were eliminated. This measure was taken to ensure that the film’s release within the city and beyond did not contribute to the establishment of false narratives. make a short heading for this.
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