Ramayan’s maker Ramanand Sagar’s son Moti Sagar is reluctant to speak about audiences comparing Adipurush with his father’s long-running evergreen series. “Ever since this film (Adipurush) released, I’ve been flooded with requests for interviews. I have not seen the film. In principle, I am not against any film. Jo hai woh hai (it is what it is). They’ve made their film according to their point of view. The Ramayan is open to multiple interpretations. This is one of them. When my father (Ramanand Sagar) made Ramayan, it was for a different audience on another format. This film (Adipurush) is probably made for a new generation of viewers, who watch a lot of CG-driven shows. They probably felt the younger viewers would appreciate what they interpreted the Ramayan to be,” he said.
Speaking of his father Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, the proud son said, “A lot of thought had gone into the making of the series. It was my father’s dream to give the Ramayan a visual interpretation. Papaji could have made a feature film out of it with all the top stars. But he chose the serial format. He knew the story couldn’t be told in 2-3 hours. One cannot tell the story in 2-3 hours. He knew it couldn’t be made with stars. He auditioned hundreds for the role of Rama, Sita, Laxman, Raavan and other characters. He went deep into every character. He studied Ramayan for years. In fact, we should not be comparing my father’s serial to this film. They are two different genres.”
About the nation fondly recalling Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan after seeing Adipurush, Moti Sagar said, “Sab Ramji ki kripa hai. Papaji used to say he was born to make the Ramayan and he proved it. During the pandemic, new generations discovered the Ramayan. Our serial has made an everlasting impact.”