Om Raut’s Adipurush Movie Review

CGI is very bad as expected, Direction is not good at all. Prabhas & specially Saif has a strong screen presence but it appears to be wasted on an undeserving film.

Om Raut's Adipurush Movie Review

Star Cast: Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan, Sunny Singh, Kriti Sanon, Devdatta Nage, Vatsal Sheth

Director: Om Raut

Adipurush Movie Review Rating: 2 out of 5 (2/5)

Om Raut’s Adipurush Movie Review: Adipurush is derived into a film based on Rishi Valmiki’s epic, Ramayan. It is a story that almost every Indian has grown up listening to or watching. With Prabhas as Raghav, Kriti Sanon as Janaki and Sunny Singh as Shesh (one of the many names of Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman, respectively), the star-studded cast was one of the film’s main attractions. However, the film suffered setbacks in terms of its VFX and dialogues, which proved to be significant drawbacks. Adipurush, a bloated and vacuous cinematic version of a part of the Ramayana, does the epic or its civilisation-defining characters no justice at all.

(An extremely quick recap is given about the pre-Lord Ram’s (Prabhas) Vanvas phase as we land straight into what it looks like a Game Of Thrones’ Kingdom Of The North-inspired setup, where Lankesh ‘Ravana’ (Saif Ali Khan) is getting his boon granted by his great-grandfather Lord Brahma. Lankesh’s sister Shurpanakha loses her nose to Lord Rama after she tries to ask him to marry her despite being married to Sita (Kriti Sanon).

This starts the war between two forces leading Lankesh to abduct Sita in the disguise of a Sadhu (Saint) and provoking Raghav to come for him with rage which usually isn’t the emotion you’d connect with him. With the help of Sugreev, Lord Hanuman (Devdatta Nage), and his brother Lakshman (Sunny Singh), Lord Rama sets on the journey of bringing Janaki back from Ravana’s control leading to being named the Prince of Ayodhya, the leader of its people ever deserved.)

For a minute, leave behind all the buzz and fanfare Adipurush has received until now. Watch the film without any preconceived notions and it will grab your attention from the word ‘go’! And to top it all, what is even a Prabhas film without a heroic entry? You are glued to the screen as the camera pans inside the deep blue ocean and there you see your Raghav sitting peacefully underwater, busy with his tapasya. However, before you can enjoy the calmness of the screen, the hall breaks into thunderous applause.

He emerges from the water and kills an array of dementer-like creatures, which provides an insight into the excitement, VFX, and of course, Raghav’s strength. A larger-than-life film demands heroic shots and you will find low-angle shots in abundance.

Om Raut's Adipurush Movie Review

Prabhas takes limited effort to bring out the charm, calm and effervescence Lord Rama’s character is usually described as. He is playing one of the most important avatars of Lord Vishnu looking tired and out-of-the-place the whole time, how one could even accept that? It’s not a new character for which one could leave some benefit of the doubt, it’s something we all have seen growing up and if not, we all will narrate him to many upcoming generations.

Kriti Sanon as Janaki is beautiful on screen but has way less screen time than we had expected. The actress is mostly juxtaposed amid cleverly crafted VFX. However, it is her chemistry with Prabhas that stands out. Sunny Singh as Shesh is sparsely spread across the film and has a handful of dialogues. Mostly, to substantiate Prabhas. The screenplay for him is built in a way to not let him overpower Prabhas. But not to mention, he does have his moments here and there.

Saif Ali Khan gets the victim of a poorly written character out of the mindset of pleasing a ‘large set of audience’ by entirely villainising ‘Ravana’ without depicting his other side in which many describe him as a “great scholar and the most intelligent person of his time.” To masala fry the narration, writers take the routine route of pitching this as a hero VS villain story instead of focusing on many nuanced details.

Om Raut's Adipurush Movie Review

A movie like Adipurush would be nothing without its computer imagery. Its makers have spared no effort to pack it, end to end, with the most excessive of visual effects. That is tantamount to a terrible artistic choice especially given the fact that the VFX on show barely passes muster. The visuals look like they have been yanked out of a hyperactive child’s overly-coloured drawing book.

As a consequence, nothing on the screen looks real or believable. This revered story of men and monkey gods should have been marked by far greater attention to detail, and more painstaking execution. The human characters do not walk like real people. The gait of the talking primates is probably more human.

All of them seem to float in the air when they aren’t actually flying. The film does neither. It hobbles and crawls in ways that are neither particularly watchable nor narratively purposeful

Adipurush can be safely deemed as one of Om Raut’s biggest works, the film could surely have called for a better visual package. However, it’s a job that is moderately done. If not worse.

All in all, we can’t put a stamp on all the hype that Adipurush has been gathering, but it surely deserves one watch at the theatres. For Prabhas, if nothing else.

2 out of 5 for Adipurush.


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