Adipurush, starring Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan, will release on August 11, 2022, the makers announced on Thursday. The film is an adaptation of Ramayana with Prabhas playing the role inspired by Lord Ram and Saif playing the role based on Ravan.
The tagline of the film reads, “Celebrating the victory of good over evil.”
— Om Raut (@omraut) November 19, 2020
Talking about Prabhas’ casting, director Om Raut earlier told PTI, “I think Prabhas is just perfect. His entire persona, the calmness that he has. His eyes are so deep, his stance, the way he carries himself, his entire personality. I could see Adipurush in him and if it wasn’t him, I wouldn’t have made the film.”
Saif Ali Khan and Om Raut had previously collaborated on Tanhaji where Saif played an antagonist as well. “To play the strongest villain from our epic, we needed a brilliant actor. Who better than Saif Ali Khan, one of the greatest actor of our lifetime, to essay this powerful role,” Om had previously said in a statement.
As the film was announced in August, Prabhas expressed his joy on playing Adipurush and said, “Every role and every character comes with its own challenges, but portraying a character like this comes with tremendous responsibility and pride. I am very excited to portray this character of our epic, especially the way Om has designed it. I am sure the youth of our country will shower all their love on our film.”
The role based on Sita is yet to be taken up by an actor. There was speculation that Anushka Sharma might be starring in that role, but it was shot down as a source told indianexpress.com, “Adipurush definitely doesn’t feature in her plans.” There have been rumours that Keerthy Suresh might be cast in this role, but no announcements have been made yet.
Adipurush will be shot in Hindi and Telugu and will release in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada as well.
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