Dipika Chikhlia: Actress Dipika Chikhlia, known for portraying the role of Sita in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan has spoken about the controversial teaser of Adipurush. Even after fourty years later, Dipika is hailed for iconic portrayl of Mata Sita. Recently, while speaking to media, she said that in the teaser, Ravan doesn’t look like a Sri Lankan but a Mughal.
Adipurush, on the other hand, is a large-scale project that is based on the Ramayan, a Hindu mythological epic. Film is helmed by Om Raut, and features Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles.
Saif portrays Raavan, popularly known as Lankesh, the monarch of Sri Lanka, while Prabhas takes on the character of Ram. The teaser has drawn criticism from a wide range of sources ever since it was unveiled at a significant ceremony in Ayodhya last week. While the VFX quality is also a target of the criticism.
The VFX quality is also a point of debate, but the teaser is primarily criticised for the characters’ ill fitting appearances.
Sita Dipika Chikhlia expresses her disappointment
In an interview, Dipika said that, “A film’s characters must appeal to the audience. If the character is from Sri Lanka, they should not look like Mughals. I could not understand much as we get to see him for mere 30 seconds in the teaser, but he does look different. I agree that times have changed and VFX is an essential part but only as long as the people’s sentiments are not hurt. (But then) It is only a teaser, may be it does not do justice to the film.”
She also said that, “If I try to connect myself with Arvind Trivedi (Ravan in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan), I would not feel good. But I also believe each actor has the liberty to portray a character as their interpretation.”
The film is slated to release on 12th of January, 2023. However, the film has received boycott threats and many senior Ministers and priests have called for the ban on the film.