Preview: Saif Ali Khan to play villain for Om Raut’s period saga Adipurush opposite Prabhakar

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Saif Ali Khan is stepping into the villain role again! The actor is all set to step into the shoes of India’s greatest villain ever in Adipurush. In Adipurush, which is an on-screen adaptation of the Indian epic Ram versus Ravana that revolves around the triumph of good over evil, Saif will be stepping into the role of villain Lankesh in the period saga – who’s menacing, lethal and brutal, all at the same time.

About the film, director Om Raut revealed, “It is the story of Prabhu Ram. It’s one aspect of the epic saga, it’s my screen adaptation of the epic.”

Over the years Saif has played darker characters to much acclaim. From Ishwar ‘Langda’ Tyagi, the Iago character in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Othello interpretation Omkara to most recently Udaybhan Rathod in Om Raut’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.

Talking about Saif in the antagonist role, Raut had nothing but praise for the actor, “To play the strongest villain from our Epic we needed a brilliant actor. Who better than Saif Ali Khan, one of the greatest actor of our lifetime, to essay this powerful role. Personally, I enjoy every day at work with him. I am looking forward to this exciting journey with him all over again.”

Saif said, “It’s a phenomenal project and I’m super thrilled to be a part of it! I look forward to playing a role that is electrifying and demonic!”

Producer Bhushan Kumar tells us, “Saif blew us all over with his role as Udaybhan in Tanhaji, he takes it a notch higher with his role in Adipurush. He is the perfect choice in this battle between good and evil with Prabhas.”

The film, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Om Raut, Prasad Sutar & Rajesh Nair, is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors in 2021 and hit the marquee with a massive release in 2022.

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