Om Raut, director of Aadipurush, faced substantial criticism following the film’s June 2023 release. Hindu groups disapproved of his portrayal of Hindu Gods, while fans expressed disappointment with the film’s overall quality and visual effects. The backlash intensified as Aadipurush delved into the revered Ramayana, with audiences feeling that Raut failed to accurately capture this significant mythological narrative.
The release of Prasanth Varma’s Hanuman further fueled the criticism, as fans suggested that Om Raut could learn filmmaking from Varma. Despite initial expectations that the negativity would diminish over time, it intensified after Hanuman’s release. Raut’s decision to attend the Ayodhya Ram Mandir opening ceremony added to the controversy, drawing criticism from the audience.
In response to the ongoing backlash, Om Raut disabled comments on his social media posts. The sustained criticism reflects the deep disappointment and hurt felt by audiences who had high expectations for Aadipurush’s treatment of the revered Ramayana. The director’s attempt to engage with the Ayodhya Ram Mandir ceremony further contributed to the negative sentiments surrounding him.
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