This is not modernization: Sri Lankan cherry blossoms, Hanuman speaking Bombaiya, the fabled Sone Ki Lanka appearing ominously Gothic, Raavan sporting a Bollywood-style haircut. Deepa Gahlot declares that this is a farce.

When Doordarshan aired Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan series, the streets used to be deserted and formal events and wedding rites deferred.

The faithful used to offer aarti in front of their televisions before gathering with their families to watch it.

The clothes were eye-wateringly blingy and the special effects were crude by today’s standards, but it didn’t matter since it connected with the audience on a spiritual level.

Additionally, it was dramatic, moving, and enjoyable.

It was scheduled once again on OTT platforms during the lockdown and continued to set records for viewership.

Making a contemporary Ramayan is difficult, if not impossible, nowadays since social and political implications must be taken into account.

When the Adipurush promotional videos were launched last year, the makers already caught a taste of the vicious trolling.

It apparently had to go back to the drawing board for some of it.

A extremely lengthy disclaimer that was read out for the illiterate stated that the video was produced with “aradhna” (devotion), that it was inspired by Valmiki’s Ramayan, and that it was not intended to insult.

The Ramayan is ingrained in our culture.

For a filmmaker to communicate it to a Gen Z audience, humility and faith were required, not the haughtiness of a lavish spectacle and computer graphics.

Om Raut could have written a unique narrative if he had desired to incorporate imagery from every sci-fi fantasy film produced in Hollywood. Why alter an epic?

Reinterpretation is acceptable—even welcome—as long as there is a new viewpoint to be presented. However, the mythological Sone ki Lanka looking darkly Gothic, Hanuman speaking Bambaiya, Raavan looking like a Bollywood actor, and Sri Lankan cherry blossoms are not examples of modernization; rather, they are a farce.

After Raghav (Prabhas), Janki (Kriti Sanon), and Shesh (Sunny Singh) consent to their exile to the jungle, the movie concentrates on their tale.

Raavan (Saif Ali Khan) leaves the Himalayas with 10 heads (that can appear at will) and that HaHaHa laugh that is the defining characteristic of the Hindi movie villain and will likely take another century to eradicate. This boon of invincibility is given to Raavan by Lord Brahma and sounds suspiciously similar to the one given to Hiranyakashyap of Bhakht Prahlad fame.

The second demon-like asuras start attacking Ram, the movie stops being realistic.

The frames are filled with later orcs, dragons, and dinosaur-era animals because Raut and his VFX team undoubtedly intended to prove to the West that they could create fantasy just as well as any Hollywood film that was inspired by a comic book or amusement park.

An Indian audience is likely to be turned off by the liberties made with the perception of the epic, while a foreign audience may or may not relate to this VFX-filled epic.

The depiction of Raavan receiving a python massage, Lord Hanuman speaking to Indrajeet, the son of Raavan, in Mumbai tapori (‘ab lagegi tere baap ki’), Indrajeet sporting full-body tattoos resembling those of a WWF wrestler, Mughal-era leather armour, and cannon fire during that era are all fevered creations of a team of

The exteriors are usually gloomy with ominous black clouds in the sky for a narrative set in India.

The inside of Raavan’s palace is reminiscent of Game of Thrones, one of several key aesthetic references that also includes Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, How to Train Your Dragon, and others.

The story’s core is lost in the computer-generated mayhem as everyone flies around blasting each other with light and fire beams.

The size of the action also dwarfs the performers.

Even though Prabhas has an appropriately calm appearance, he struggles to sing a love song for a dream scenario.

Saif Ali Khan appears to have just arrived from a separate film’s shoot.

In the given situation, Sunny Singh, Kriti Sanon, and Devdutta Nage (as Hanuman) do their best.

A few of the well-known bhajans have melodies, although the background music is generally unbearable.

Ram commands his troops to fight for their place in history rather than for him in what is likely the only sequence in the movie that genuinely works. Then, in 2023, a group of film industry professionals arrive and alter it.

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