Movies based on legendary accounts of Indian mythos have a history of well-executed adaptations; however, for a change, a filmmaker endeavors to reinterpret the essence of the Indian epic Ramayana and presents a contemporary rendition of the tale. Does this approach deliver? Absolutely not.
Director Om Raut’s Adipurush is a reimagining of Ramayana, capturing the essence of the original story, yet altering the setting to match the director’s creative vision. Adipurush commences a few days prior to Sita’s abduction by Ravana, and propels the narrative as an adrenaline-fueled, visually spectacular film. The issue lies in the fact that the film fails to treat itself seriously, exhibiting a world-building approach devoid of any responsibility to remain consistent with the already revered Ramayana.
Employing a plethora of creative liberties, Om Raut astonishingly situates the majority of the film within nocturnal landscapes, despite the story traditionally taking place during the day. Additionally, the depiction of Lanka bears resemblances to Asgard and Wakanda, lacking realism and appearing more futuristic than ancient. Furthermore, it is bizarre to witness the characters in Lanka adopting behaviors and appearances akin to those found in Hollywood productions. Furthermore, the film’s visual effects leave much to be desired, ultimately becoming an eyesore.
The first half of Adipurush does offer a few well-executed action sequences and compelling dramatic moments; however, the second half is utterly disappointing and lacks any redeeming qualities.
Here, Om Raut incessantly presents one action sequence after another, and even during moments of respite, opts for monotonous monologues that fail to captivate viewers.
The Film’s strengths lie solely in two aspects – the exceptional music composed by Ajay-Atul and the captivating portrayal of Hanuman, which garners enthusiastic cheers from the audience. Unfortunately, the film fails to fully leverage the presence of talented stars like Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Saif Ali Khan, as they are burdened with shallow onscreen tasks.
All in all, Adipurush is an utter disappointment and a sheer waste of time for audiences over the age of 18. Adipurush Film Critique by Only Kollywood