Bollywood star Kriti Sanon says she is extremely proud of Adipurush, the big screen adaptation of the Ramayana.
Fronted by Baahubali star Prabhas, who features in the title role as Lord Ram, the multilingual period saga sees Saif Ali Khan in the role of Lakesh and Sanon as Sita.
"It is a film that the entire team is extremely proud of. I hope and pray that people will also equally be proud of it. It is something that is so important to all of us. It is just not a film for us, it is way more than that. I hope it gets its due. I have a feeling it will," Sanon told PTI in an interview.
There was some controversy over the depiction of Ravana in the film after the makers launched the teaser in October last year. The film was earlier scheduled to arrive in theatres on January 12 but the release date has now been shifted to June 16.
It is directed by Om Raut and produced by Bhushan Kumar-led T-Series.
The Mimi star, who did not get to see Ramanand Sagar's "Ramayana while growing up, hopes the film appeals to the younger generation.”
“It is important to make these stories. It is educational for kids. I feel if I had not seen it then, today's children would also have not seen it,” she said.
“I feel visual memory is way stronger than anything else. The best way to make kids know (this) story is to have it imprinted in their minds, it is important to watch it. If you are getting it out now after so many years, that same story also needs to relate to the audience it is catering to.”
Up next for Sanon is action-drama Shehzada opposite Kartik Aaryan. The film is a remake of a 2020 Telugu blockbuster Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, which featured Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde.
The Hindi movie, directed by Rohit Dhawan, will release theatrically on February 17. She will be reteaming with her Heropanti co-star Tiger Shroff for a futuristic action film Ganapath. The Vikas Bahl directorial will arrive in cinemas this year.
Sanon is also excited to be collaborating with Shahid Kapoor for a movie, to be backed by Maddock Films and to be working with stalwarts like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Tabu on The Crew.