Critics Clash Over Adipurush: From ‘Worst Movie’ to ‘Must Watch’
Written by Sanjay Kumar
2023 ‧ Action/Drama ‧ 3 hours
- Release date: 16 June 2023 (India)
- Director: Om Raut
- Producers: Om Raut, Bhushan Kumar, Prasad Sutar, Krishan Kumar
- Music by: Score: Sanchit Balhara; Ankit Balhara; Songs: Ajay-Atul; Sachet–Parampara
- Distributed by: AA Films
- Adapted from: Ramayana
Adipurush, featuring Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Saif Ali Khan, has been released in theaters nationwide today (June 16), and early reviews have started pouring in. The movie is directed by Om Raut and is a modern-day adaptation of Hindu epic the Ramayana.
Film critic Vishwajit Patil voiced his disappointment, stating, “Adipurush is a colossal letdown… The visual effects are subpar, and the content falls flat in the first half… This film had the potential to be a game-changer, but unfortunately, it missed the mark… It is all style and no substance. Prabhas gives his weakest performance yet.”
Some viewers were reluctant to embrace the modern interpretation and expressed a preference for Ramanand Sagar’s version.
— 🅹🅰🆆🅰🅽 🇮🇳 (@srkzlegend) June 16, 2023
According to Always Bollywood, the occupancy rate in the regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana stands impressively at 99%, indicating a highly positive response. Conversely, in the Bengaluru region, the occupancy rate is reported to be 70%, suggesting a slightly lower level of engagement compared to the southern states. Across India as a whole, the occupancy rate ranges from 50% to 55%, signaling a moderate response nationwide.
One dissatisfied user wrote, “WORST movie. Is this the way you handle a 1800crs club actor, Om Raut? As a Prabhas fan, I do NOT endorse such poor films. I urge all darlings to refrain from supporting Prabhas for such performances.”
Is this the way you handle a 1800crs club actor @omraut ? 🤬😭
As a Prabhas fan, I do NOT encourage such cringe films.
— Darling Prabhas (@Vineeth12616127) June 16, 2023
While many anticipated subpar visual effects, some viewers were also unimpressed with the movie’s dialogues.
Opinions on the film vary greatly. While many found Prabhas disappointing, others considered his performance “outstanding.” One viewer shared, “MUST WATCH with families. It offers an engaging take on the Ramayana and delivers. Prabhas stands out, and Kriti and Saif are perfectly cast. The songs are a major plus, and the background music is remarkable. The visual effects are decent.”
Ramayan will always remain close to everyone who believes in LORD RAM…
Jai Shree… pic.twitter.com/AC8VNfIIhT
— Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) June 16, 2023
Adipurush Box Office:
Based on reports of advance bookings, industry experts predict that the film is likely to have an opening of over INR 30 crore at the box office. However, it is important to note that box office figures are typically estimates and can vary across different sources. Business Connect India has not been able to independently verify these reports.
Several analysts express concerns that this projected opening figure may fall short, considering the film’s estimated production budget ranging from INR 500 to 700 crore.
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