Saif Ali Khan is in hot water for commenting that his upcoming mythological epic will make Adipurush Raavan “human” and “justify” his kidnapping of Sita. A lawyer from Uttar Pradesh has filed a lawsuit against actor and director Om Raut for violating religious feelings. Saif had withdrawn his statement and apologized after a backlash.
The plea will be tried in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) in the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, reports IANS. The hearing was set for December 23rd.
Himanshu Srivastava, a civil court attorney, said in his petition that he believes in Sanatan Dharma. He said that Lord Ram is traditionally seen as a symbol of good, while Raavan is seen as evil.
Saif, who plays a character based on Raavan in Adipurush, said in an interview with Mumbai Mirror earlier this month: “It’s interesting to play a demon king, less strict. But we’re going to make him human, increase the entertainment quotient, justify his kidnapping of Sita and the war with Ram in revenge for what Lakshman did to his sister Surpanakha, who cut off his nose. “However, after facing a backlash, he withdrew his statement.
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Himanshu claimed the interview was a negative portrayal of “belief in Sanatan Dharma”. He added that witnesses Vinod Srivastava, Ajit Singh, Brijesh Nishad, Nilesh Nishad, Surya Prakash Singh and Vivek Tiwari also saw the interview online on December 9 and their religious feelings were also hurt.
Saif retracted his statements after many, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chairman Ram Kadam, objected. In a statement, he said, “I was made aware that one of my statements during an interview sparked controversy and hurt people’s feelings. I never meant to or meant it. I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone and withdraw my explanation. Lord Ram has always been the symbol of justice and heroism for me. Adipurush is about celebrating the victory of good over evil, and the entire team works together to present the epic without the bias. “
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