Adipurush Controversy: Indian Films Banned in Kathmandu After Uproar
The recent controversy surrounding the movie ‘Adipurush’ shows no signs of subsiding. In the aftermath of the uproar caused by the film in Nepal, the screening of all Indian films has been banned in Kathmandu. The controversy stems from the disputed facts surrounding Sita’s birth, which has been a recurring issue between the two countries over time.
The ‘Adipurush’ Backlash
‘Adipurush,’ directed by Om Raut, has faced severe backlash not only in India but also in Nepal. The film, based on the epic Ramayana, has sparked protests and outrage in Nepal due to its portrayal of Sita’s birth. Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah voiced his concerns on social media, stating that the film would not be screened until the makers rectify the alleged misrepresentation of Sita’s birth.
The Dispute Over Sita’s Birth
The controversy surrounding ‘Adipurush’ revolves around the conflicting beliefs about Sita’s birthplace. The Government of Nepal claims that Sita was born in Janakpur, a region in the Terai area of Nepal. On the other hand, in India, it is widely believed that Sita was born in Sitamarhi. The disagreement over this historical fact has fueled tension and disputes between the two nations for years.
Kathmandu’s Film Ban
In an unprecedented move, Kathmandu’s Municipal Corporation has decided to ban the screening of all Indian films, not just ‘Adipurush.’ This decision comes in response to the ongoing protests and demands for the film’s ban in Nepal. Seventeen film halls in Kathmandu have already refused to screen Indian movies until the alleged misrepresentation of Sita’s birth is addressed.
Impact on Indo-Nepal Relations
The banning of Indian films in Kathmandu marks a significant development in Indo-Nepal relations. Indian cinema has enjoyed immense popularity and a devoted fan base in Nepal for decades. The decision to boycott Indian films reflects the growing dissatisfaction and resentment regarding the portrayal of historical and cultural narratives.
The controversy surrounding ‘Adipurush’ has taken a toll on the relationship between India and Nepal. The banning of all Indian films in Kathmandu demonstrates the extent of the uproar caused by the disputed facts of Sita’s birth. It remains to be seen how the filmmakers and authorities will address the concerns raised by Kathmandu Mayor Balen Shah and restore harmony between the two countries.