The 19th century poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s epic verse Maghnadvad Kavya took as its protagonist Meghnad, Raavan’s son, painted him in human, humane light and gave him cogent motives for his actions. In much the same spirit, Saif Ali Khan spoke up about Adipurush, his new film based on the Ramayana, where his character takes after Raavan. The abduction of Sita, said our man, would be justified in the movie by what was first done to Surpanakha. Expect a realistic portrayal, he added. But this is India, 2020, and such free expression of artistic intent kicked up a row, bringing into its ambit, quite inevitably, the blessed lord who slew Lanka’s king. Chuck Saif out of the film, rose the cry on Twitter. Saif thought it best to placate the hideous bunch and apologised. But we lie in wait for Adipurush.