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Manoj Muntashir admits that he did not identify mistakes in Adipurush dialogues at the time: ‘Your objections were valid’ | Bollywood News


One of the most controversial films of recent times, Om Raut’s Adipurush, starring Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan in key roles, received widespread criticism for almost all its aspects. Notably, the dialogues crafted by Manoj Muntashir Shukla drew particular scrutiny, with a significant point of contention being the use of what was deemed as “pedestrian language” for Hindu gods, especially Hanuman.

During a recent session at Sahitya Aaj Tak 2023, Manoj addressed the entire controversy, expressing his recognition of disappointing his fans and his willingness to wholeheartedly acknowledge his mistake.

“When I crafted ‘Galliyan,’ the dialogues and songs for Baahubali, ‘Teri Mitti’ and ‘Mere Ghar Ram Aaye Hain’, I never questioned why people resonated with and cherished my compositions. So, how could I now enquire why they might have complaints against me? I respect all your complaints and I can confidently affirm that each one of your complaints is valid and true, devoid of any fault,” he expressed, prompting a resounding applause from the audience.

When questioned about the error on his part, Manoj explained that he didn’t recognise it as a mistake at the time. “Mistakes become apparent only during retrospection. If you’re aware that what you’re doing is wrong as you’re doing it, why would anyone proceed? However, I am confident that the audience here understands that a mistake is just one page, and the relationship is the entire book. They recognise that if ink spills on a page, it may stain, so the solution is to tear that page and discard it, not to discard the entire book.”

When the interviewer asked why he assumed responsibility for all the errors, he responded poetically: “It was a crazy wind, I had to be careful and control myself. I was the final lamp that needed to be lit. I had pledged to deliver a good, great film, ensuring no disappointment. However, in the end, I failed to uphold that promise and disappointed them. So, how can it not be my fault?”

Festive offer

“If we delve into the extent of fault, you understand the limitations of a dialogue and songwriter in terms of involvement in a film’s production, progression, script, and scene alterations. Everyone has their limits. Yet, it was a commitment I made (to deliver a remarkable film). Now, I am leaving with another promise that I will keep writing praises for Lord Ram.”

Referring to the positive responses garnered by the songs in Adipurush, he stated, “That is the honesty of the people. Where there were shortcomings, they criticised and highlighted the errors. Where there was merit, they acknowledged it. The dialogues you raised objections to were indeed worth objecting to. However, there were also some dialogues that, as a writer, I feel were swept away in the storm and did not reach you. They should have reached you.”

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