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Amid 'Adipurush' Backlash, A Look At Other Films That Took ‘Inspiration’ From Ramayana

The co-writer of ‘Adipurush’, Manoj Muntashir, recently mentioned that the film is just heavily inspired by ‘Ramayana’.

Before 'Adipurush', films inspired by 'Ramayana'

Ever since the film hit the silver screens on June 16, Kriti Sanon, Prabhas, Sunny Singh and Saif Ali Khan starrer 'Adipurush' has embroiled itself into controversy. It has not only been slammed for its VFX or presentation of the Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’ but the film’s dialogues too have caused a stir. 

Albeit, in an interview with Aaj Tak, the film’s co-writer, Manoj Muntashir, recently mentioned, amid all the backlash, that the team of ‘Adipurush’ was not making Ramayana but the film is just heavily inspired by it. He further stated how the disclaimer too says that the film is heavily inspired, and hence, it does not claim to be the ‘Ramayana’, and hence, did not name the film ‘Ramayana’ too. 

In fact, the makers have now decided to rework on the dialogues. "There is nothing beyond the sentiments of the audience and harmony. Team Adipurush in respect of public opinion, revamps dialogues for the film's unifying experience," the director Om Raut mentioned in a statement.

Meanwhile, ‘Adipurush’ isn’t the only film that has been ‘inspired’ by ‘Ramayana’. There are a few others too. Let’s have a look:

1. ‘Sampoorna Ramayana’ (1961) 

The film is an interesting retelling of the entire Ramayana, from the birth of Lord Rama to his victory over Ravana. Directed by Babubhai Mistry, the film featured several popular actors of the time. 

2. ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ (1975) 

Although the film was not a direct retelling of the ‘Ramayana’, it was based on the Hindu goddess Santoshi Mata, who is often associated with Sita. The film was directed by Vijay Sharma and starred Kanan Kaushal, Bharat Bhushan, and Anita Guha. Made on a low-budget, the film emerged to be one of the most successful films at the box office at the time of its release.

3. Lav Kush (1997) 

Based on the story of Lord Rama's twin sons, Luv and Kush, the film was helmed by V. Madhusudhan Rao and featured a star-studded cast, including Jeetendra, Jaya Prada, and Aruna Irani. 

4. ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ (1999)

Touted to be one of the best family entertainers of all time, the film drew inspiration from the Hindu epic. Be it the bond between stepbrothers to Lord Rama’s exile, the film’s plot was similar to that of ‘Ramayana’. Helmed by Sooraj Barjatya under the production and distribution of Rajshri Productions, the film featured Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Mohnish Bahl, Mahesh Thakur, and Neelam. 

5. ‘Raavan’ (2010) 

Directed by Mani Ratnam, the film was a modern retelling of the ‘Ramayana’. It featured Abhishek Bachchan as Raavan, Aishwarya Rai as Sita, and Vikram as Rama. While the film’s crux remains to be of the epic, it has a modernised plot which reveals the perspective of Ravana.

6. ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ (2017)

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SS Rajamouli's blockbuster ‘Baahubali’ was inspired by ‘Ramayana’, and the second part of the franchise has Baahubali and Devseana getting banished from the Royal Palace, just like in ‘Ramayana’.

7. ‘Ram Setu’ (2022) 

Ram Setu was the bridge, which was constructed by Lord Ram to reach the island Lanka in order to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana. Starring Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Satya Dev, the film followed the story of an archeologist who is investigating the nature of Rama Setu.

8. ‘RRR’ (2022) 


Not just ‘Baahubali’, the SS Rajamouli blockbuster ‘RRR’ too was inspired by not only ‘Ramayana’, but the Hindu mythological 'Mahabharata' too.