Adipurush's author apologizes: "I accept that people's sentiments were hurt

With utmost sincerity and humility, I offer my heartfelt apology," expressed Manoj Muntashir Shukla, humbly expressing regret and seeking forgiveness.

Mumbai: Manoj Muntashir Shukla, the dialogue writer of Adipurush, expressed his sincere apology for causing emotional distress. The highly anticipated mythological movie, featuring Prabhas and directed by Om Raut, faced significant criticism for its subpar language when it premiered last month. Following the backlash, the film's team, including Shukla, announced their decision to revise certain dialogues. On Saturday, Shukla acknowledged the impact of Adipurush on people's sentiments and accepted responsibility for the hurt caused.

"I acknowledge the emotional distress caused to individuals by Adipurush, and I sincerely apologize," conveyed Shukla, the writer behind the Hindi dialogues and songs of the Ramayana's reinterpretation, in a humble Twitter message, with folded hands as a sign of utmost remorse.

He further added, "May Lord Hanuman bless us with unity and empower us to serve our sacred Sanatan (eternal) principles and our beloved nation. #Adipurush."

Adipurush, a multi-lingual film released nationwide in June, features Prabhas as Raghav (Ram), Kriti Sanon as Janaki (Sita), and Saif Ali Khan as Lankesh (Raavan).

The high-budget multilingual epic, produced by T-Series, faced criticism on social media for its subpar visual effects and informal dialogues. Several political parties even called for a ban on the film's screening.

In Nepal, the movie faced a ban due to a dialogue that referred to Sita as "India's daughter."

Despite its reported budget of ₹ 500 crore, the film garnered ₹ 340 crore within the first three days of its release. However, the box office collections declined considerably after the opening weekend. To date, it has accumulated over ₹ 450 crore.