The Cinema Times, Kathmandu- ‘Adipurush’ writer Manoj Muntashir has become the major target after the dialogues of the cinema didn’t go well with the audiences. He is receiving threats, backlashes and is also being thrown out of other projects.
Lyricist-writer Manoj Muntashir was doing quite well as a lyricist before Adipurush controversy hit. He has written songs like Teri Mitti, Galliyan, Tere Sang Yaara, Kaun Tujhe, Dil Meri Na Sune, Kaise Hua and Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga. He also has written Hindi Dialogues for Telugu language cinemas Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
After doing such a marvelous job, what came on to him for Adipurush! He is at the centre of the ongoing Adipurushcontroversy. He is the cinema’s co-writer alongside director Om Raut. Certain lines of the dialogues offended the religious sensibilities of many. The way Lord Hanuman was portrayed and his dialogues received major criticism. Similarly, presenting Sita as India’s daughter didn’t go well with Nepali audiences as Sita was born in Janakpur, Nepal. It wasn’t just the dialogues but his claims in interviews that created more controversy and backlash.
Muntashir kept on making outrageous claims. He first said Adipurush isn’t an adaptation of the Ramayana, the cinema is merely inspired by it. Then he announced changes will be made to objectionable dialogues. But also said he can give countless arguments in favor of his dialogues. Then he further dug himself into a hole when in an interview, he claimed that Hanuman isn’t a god. Putting in his exact words, he said, Hanuman is not a god but a devotee, we have made him god.
The dialogues and the appalling comment he made afterwards made him the major target of the entire controversy. On one hand, he is now receiving life threats and on the other hand is being thrown out of major projects. As he misrepresented the whole Ramayana, many Indian political parties have raised voices against him and he has been thrown out of government projects. Many leaders of political parties are outraged as the cinema’s dialogues mutilated the religious significance. The leaders suggest him to seek Shree Ram’s vindication.