The much awaited movie Adipurush’s first teaser was released on Sunday. Starring Prabhas and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles of Raghav and Janaki, the Om Raut directorial also features Saif Ali Khan as Lankesh. Now, Raut has admitted in an interview that he wouldn’t have made Adipurush if Prabhas handed over the film.
“When I wrote the character of Raghav, I always had Prabha in mind – it became so compelling for me. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have made the film,” the director told Variety.
Om Raut shared that he traveled to Hyderabad during the first lockdown of 2020 to discuss Adipurush with Prabhas. The actor, on his part, described meeting Raut as a “super exciting day”.
However, Prabhas admitted that he was a bit stressed after three days. “I thought it was the most valuable film for the country – can I do that?” Prabhas told the publication that Raut told him not to worry. He added: “A beautiful thing happened. And I think it’s the most prestigious film in my life.”
He gives reasons why he said yes to the film, Prabhas he said it was Om Raut’s “engaging script and how it integrates the history and culture of India”. The superstar said that the way the director has designed the film is amazing.
Raut further shared that he worked hard to move beyond the ‘Prabhas persona’. The director called Prabhas a “quintessential superstar” and shared that he wanted to focus on the actor’s emotional eyes to get the character right.
He said: “The way it plays is divine. It is extremely spiritual on many levels, but it is also a commercial film. So it has that crazy balance of playing to the gallery, of course, like everybody does, but at the same time we had to keep the sanctity and the purity of the character and stay within that boundary and try to achieve what we want to achieve. .”
The director-actor duo also shared that even though the film’s story is based on mythology, it is set in the present day. Prabhas mentioned that Om Raut designed it for the current generation. “He wanted swagger, which no other director could have imagined about Adipurushi like this. Om designed it for children and families,” he said, adding. “Even women love my action, so there is a lot of action. And he designed it in a commercial way, so I think it’s very happy news for the fans.”
Produced by T-Series and Retrophiles, Adipurush was shot in Hindi and Telugu. Releasing on January 12 next year, it will also be available in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.