After a series of dramatic events that delayed its release by months, India’s next mythological epic Adipurush got a new trailer on Tuesday, courtesy of T-Series. The trailer comes seven months after a teaser was released to unanimous disapproval from die-hard fans of the talent involved and casual viewers. Almost all of the complaints were about the film’s poor visual effects, and T-Series took the almost immediate decision to delay the film’s release for several months to continue working on the effects.
Originally slated for release on January 12, Adipurush is based on the Indian epic text “Ramayana”. It remains one of the most anticipated Indian films of the year. Even the widely criticized teaser eventually racked up over 100 million views on YouTube alone. Adipurush was shot simultaneously in two languages – Hindi and Telugu – and will eventually be released in five. With millions of dollars at stake, it was important to the director Om Raut to ensure that the film’s main selling point – the visual effects – were flawless. And after several months, the public can now see exactly how they have been refined. Not that viewers got a chance to compare shots from the new trailer with those they saw in the previous one; T-Series made sure not to repeat even a single old visual, wrapping the new trailer entirely with never-before-seen footage from the film. And while the effects aren’t as mediocre as last time, they’re still far from perfect. What we see in the second half of the trailer, which is mostly devoted to revealing glimpses of large-scale battle sequences, looks just as semi-complete as the entirety of the teaser.
The new trailer opens with Hanuman’s narration (Devdatta Nage), which tells the thrilling story of Lord Rama (played by Prabhas). Rama is banished from his house, together with his wife Sita (Kriti Sanon) and his brother Lakshmana (Sunny Singh). During their banishment, Sita is abducted by the Demon King of Lanka, Ravana (played by Saif Ali Khan), and Rama embarks on an epic mission to save her from his clutches. He is aided by Hanuman and his army of monkeys.
Why is the Ramayana so important?
The mythological epic “Ramayana” has been adapted many times over the years, in film, television and literature, including a long-running TV show and even an anime. The story is of monumental significance to Hindus around the world, who annually celebrate Rama’s victory over Ravana during the Dussehra festival. The Diwali festival is celebrated to mark the return of Rama to his hometown Ayodhya. Every Indian, regardless of religion, knows this epic story intimately, about the triumph of good over evil.
Prabhas is best known for starring in RRR director SS RajamouliIt is Baahubali: the beginning And Baahubali 2: the conclusion. In fact, as RRR, Adipurush is aesthetically more of a South Indian film than a Bollywood (Hindi language) show. India has various regional language industries that mostly operate independently of each other, with the occasional exception designed to appeal to an audience across the country. Adipurush is what the industry describes as a “pan-Indian” film – a big-budget event film that is usually dubbed into several local languages, heavily marketed and billed as an “Indian” production, as opposed to a regional language offering .
And the T-Series takes things up a notch. Take off from RRRbecome cult in the United States, and the fantasy drama Brahmāstra – Part One: Shivawhich was released nationally by Disney, Adipurush will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 13. It will be commercially released on June 16 in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam languages. You can watch the trailer here and stay tuned to Collider for more updates.
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