Om Raut is renowned for creating a blockbuster with his most recent film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which starred Ajay Devgn. He has backed Saif’s portrayal of Lankesh in the movie. Manoj Muntashir further pointed out that, contrary to what some viewers said, the actor’s appearance had nothing in common with Khilji.
Om Raut told in an interview with Aaj Tak, “Our Ravan in today’s time is demonic, he is cruel. The one who has abducted our Goddess Sita is cruel. We have shown what Raavan looks like in today’s time. This is not a film or a project for us. This is a mission for us. Our film is a symbol of our devotion and we need everyone’s blessings for this. Whosoever is speaking about the film are our elders. I am listening to all of them and taking note of everything. When you will watch the film in January 2023, I will not disappoint anyone.”
Writer Manoj also echoed the same thought and said that his devotion for the film was such that he used to leave his shoes outside the office when he sat to write it. He said people have only watched a 1 minute and 35 seconds-long teaser in which Saif’s Ravan is seen with a tripund (three horizontal lines on the forehead in the form of a tilak). On Lankesh’s comparisons with Khilji, he said, “I want to ask which Khilji sports a tilak or a tripund? Which Khilji wears a janeu (holy thread) and rudraksh? Our Ravan sports all of these in the tiny teaser.”
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