Allahabad High Court’s stance on Prabhas’ Adipurush controversy: ‘Respectful handling of the Quran or Bible advised…’

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The Allahabad High Court has once again reprimanded the creators of ‘Adipurush’ for their disrespectful portrayal of characters from the Ramayana. The court urged them to imagine the potential law and order issue that would arise if the Quran was treated in the same manner. During a hearing on a petition seeking a ban on the film, the Lucknow bench of the high court questioned the justification for making movies about the Ramayana, Quran, or Bible when they upset religious sentiments.

“Imagine the serious law and order problem that would arise if a small documentary was made about the Quran. However, due to the tolerance of Hindus, things have not escalated despite this mistake by filmmakers,” said justices Rajesh Singh Chauhan and Shree Prakash Singh of the vacation bench.

The bench also highlighted the disrespectful portrayal of Lord Shiva in a previous movie and questioned why the demeaning portrayal of Lord Ram and other Ramayana characters should be allowed.

The court expressed the need for specific guidelines regarding the production of such movies and emphasized that films based on religious subjects should not provoke the religious sentiments of any community. Furthermore, the bench clarified that it holds no religious bias and would take the same firm stance if a similar plea were made regarding the Quran or Bible.

Justice Singh asked the filmmakers why they do not produce movies showcasing Lord Ram’s sacrifice and his love for his brother Bharat.

When the production house’s senior lawyer, Sudeep Seth, argued that there is no book depicting the attire of Lord Ram and other Ramayana characters, Justice Singh countered by mentioning the pictures in the original copy of the Indian Constitution, which depict Lord Ram and other gods dressed modestly.

Seth was left speechless when the bench asked if he would worship idols of indecently dressed gods, as shown in the movie, in his prayer room.

During the hearing of a PIL filed by Kuldeep Tiwari and Naveen Dhawan seeking a ban on the movie, the bench questioned the deputy solicitor general S B Pandey about why the central government had not reviewed the certificate granted by the Central Board of Film Certification for the movie’s telecast.

In response, Pandey opposed the PIL and suggested that the bench come up with a solution, stating that the censor board had granted the certificate after a panel of senior board members had watched the movie. The bench sharply countered by stating that “better senses should prevail over such sacramental members” in a crowded open court.

When the bench inquired why the state government had not taken any action, additional advocate general V K Shahi claimed that the filmmakers were uncorrectable.

Advocates Ranjana Agnihotri and Prince Lenin argued during the PIL that the movie should be banned immediately. The bench proposed to issue an order in its chamber after hearing the PIL. However, the court made it clear that it may also issue notices to the makers of “Adipurush” and ask the central government why it is not taking action to revoke the certificate granted by the censor board for the movie’s telecast.

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