Manoj Muntashir, Who Wrote Dialogues For ‘Adipurush’, Addresses The Backlash He’s Been Facing

Ever since the teaser of Om Raut’s ‘Adipurush’ dropped online, the film has been stirring controversy one after the other. First, it was the disappointing visuals of the film. Second, the portrayal of Raavan (played by Saif Ali Khan) in the film was completely and utterly distorted. And third, it looked less like an adaptation of ‘Ramayan’ and more like an amalgamation of Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.

Now that the film has been released, it seems like even the dialogues of the film, which are written by Manoj Muntashir, who is the recipient of three National Film Awards, are downright laughable. They sound cheap and cringe-worthy, worse than the language that regular people use, and in no way appropriate for an epic like ‘Ramayan’.

Om Raut and Manoj Muntashir have been receiving immense flak on social media regarding the dialogues, alongside everything else. Here’s what some of them said:

However, Manoj Muntashir addressed the backlash that he has been facing for his dialogues in ‘Adipurush’. In a debate with the Republic, he justified the dialogues saying, “A very meticulous thought process that has gone into writing the dialogues for Bajrangbali. We have made it simple because we have to understand one thing (that) if there are multiple characters in a film, all of them can’t speak the language. There has to be a kind of diversion, a division.”

“How do we all know the Ramayana? We have the tradition of katha vaachan (storytelling), we read also but there is a vaachan parampara (the tradition of storytelling). Ramayan is the kind of granth (book) which we have heard from our very childhood, there is Akhand Ramayan, paath and many other things. I come from a small village where our grandmothers used to tell us stories from Ramayan in this language. One more thing, the dialogue that you just mentioned, it has been used by the greatest saints, storytellers in our country in the same manner as I have written it (in Adipurush). I am not the first one to write this dialogue, it is already there,” he added.

Here’s a look at the video:

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