Saif Ali Khan is in hot water for his comment that his future mythological epic Adipurush will make Raavan “human” and “justify” Sita’s abduction. A lawyer in Uttar Pradesh has filed a lawsuit against actor and director Om Raut for injuring religious sentiments. Saif withdrew his statement and apologized after facing adverse reactions.
The plea will be heard in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, IANS reports. December 23 was set as the hearing date.
Himanshu Srivastava, a civil court lawyer, stated in his petition that he is a believer in Sanatan Dharma. He said that traditionally, Lord Ram is considered a symbol of good, while Raavan is seen as evil.
Saif, who plays a Raavan-based character in Adipurush, said in an interview with the Mumbai Mirror earlier this month, “It’s interesting to play a demon king, less strict in that. But we will make him human, supporting the entertainment coefficient, we will justify Sita’s abduction and the war with Ram as revenge for what was done to his sister Surpanakha by Lakshman, who cut his nose. “However, after experiencing side effects, he withdrew his statement.
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Himanshu claimed that the interview is a negative representation of the “faith in Sanatan Dharma”. He added that witnesses Vinod Srivastava, Ajit Singh, Brijesh Nishad, Nilesh Nishad, Surya Prakash Singh and Vivek Tiwari also saw the online interview on December 9 and their religious feelings were also hurt.
Saif withdrew his remarks after many, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Kadam, opposed it. In a statement, he said: “I was aware that one of my statements during an interview caused controversy and hurt people’s feelings. That was never my intention or it didn’t mean so. I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone and withdraw my statement. Lord Ram has always been a symbol of justice and heroism for me. Adipurush is about celebrating the victory of good over evil and the whole team is working together to present the epic without any distortion. “
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