Supreme Court Rejects Plea Seeking Certificate Revocation for Film ‘Adipurush’ Based on Ramayana

In a rеcеnt dеvеlopmеnt, thе Suprеmе Court has dеclinеd to еntеrtain a public intеrеst plеa (PIL) sееking thе rеvocation of thе Cеntral Board of Film Cеrtification (CBFC) cеrtificatе for thе moviе ‘Adipurush, ‘ a film basеd on thе еpic Ramayana. 

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, heading the bench along with Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, expressed that the top court should not function as an appellant authority for such matters. He questioned the interference under Article 32, stating that people have become overly sensitive to everything, leading to a decline in tolerance for films and books these days.

Justice Kaul emphasized that cinematographic depictions play with the original material, and the CBFC is responsible for determining the extent of permissibility. He highlighted that the court cannot interfere in each person’s sensibilities under Article 32 and that matters of certification appeals are not within its jurisdiction. If someone is dissatisfied with the decision of the appellate authority, they can pursue legal remedies.

The PIL, filed by lawyer Mamta Rani, sought the CBFC’s direction to revoke the certificate of the film ‘Adipurush,’ directed by Om Raut, The assertion is that the movie caused distress to the feelings of Hindus and followers of different deities portrayed within it. The petitioner contended that the film distorted the basic structure of Valmiki Ramayana and called for the preservation of religious manuscripts and texts in their original form to prevent any distortion.

The film was accused of mocking Valmiki Ramayana for commercial gains and allegedly altering the core values of the characters and their language. The petitioner also objected to certain dialogues in the film, stating that they used derogatory language only fit for “gully boys.” The PIL raised concerns that such depictions might influence the general public and undermine the values associated with Hindu gods Rama and Hanuman.

Howеvеr, thе Suprеmе Court dismissеd thе PIL,  rеitеrating that it should not act as an appеllatе authority in such mattеrs. The court’s decision means that the CBFC’s certification for the film ‘Adipurush’ remains unaffected, and any grievances should be pursued through proper legal channels.

After its release, ‘Adipurush,’ featuring Prabhas as Lord Ram, Kriti as Goddess Sita, Sunny Singh as Laxman, and Saif Ali Khan as Ravana, encountered significant backlash and criticism. Despite the objections raised in the PIL, the film’s certification stands, and it continues to be available for public exhibition.

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