Actor Saif Ali Khan's recent interview on his upcoming film 'Adipurush' caused a stir on social media. It all happened when the actor while speaking about his character of Lankesh called Raavan 'humane.' Not only this but he even spoke about how the director Om Raut will justify the abduction of Sita. This hurt the sentiments of fans who started bashing him and even demanded the replacement of the actor from the film. Well now, Saif has now shared a clarification note for everyone in which he has apologized for hurting people’s sentiments and taken his statements back. Saif said, "I’ve been made aware that one of my statements during an interview, has caused a controversy and hurt people’s sentiments."
Further, he said, "This was never my intention or meant that way. I would like to sincerely apologise to everybody and withdraw my statement. Lord Ram has always been the symbol of Righteousness & Heroism for me. Adipurush is about celebrating the victory of good over evil and the entire team is working together to present the epic without any distortions."
Previously, the 'Omkara' actor told Mumbai Mirror, "It’s interesting to play a demon king, less strictures in that. But we will make him humane, up the entertainment quotient, justify his abduction of Sita and the war with Ram as revenge for what was done to his sister Surpanakha by Lakshman, who cut off her nose." Soon after this a lot of hashtags including #WakeUpOmRaut and #ReplaceSaifasLankesh started trending on Twitter on Saturday.
Not only this, but his statement was even criticized by Mumbai BJP leader Ram Kadam who tweeted, "Director @OmRaut director, you made #Tanhaji which was well received worldwide bcz it does justice to Hindu pride and Marathi asmita. But if #Adhipurush plans to show Ravan in positive light and justify the inhuman act of abduction of Sita Maa, we will never allow that to happen. Hope better sense prevails #JaiShriRam."
Speaking about the film, it will release in Hindi-Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada as well as several foreign languages. It will go on floors early next year and will hit the screens on 11 August 2022. The Om Raut directorial "Adipurush" also stars Telugu superstar Prabhas.