Om Raut (born 21 December 1981) is an Indian film director, writer, former child actor and producer.[1] He has received the 68th National Film Awards for Best Popular Film for the film Tanhaji. He received several accolades for his 2015 film Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush.[2][3]

Om Raut
Raut in 2022
Born (1981-12-21) 21 December 1981 (age 41)
Alma materSyracuse University
Occupations
Years active2010–present

His latest film, Adipurush, an adaptation of the Ramayana, starring Prabhas in the title role of Lord Rama, received mostly unfavourable reviews from both the critics and audience, alike. The direction, dialogues, and faithfulness to the source material were deemed not evident. It also got labelled with controversies owing to visual effects and portrayal of Lord Rama, Hanuman and Ravana.[4][5] It was panned by critics. The movie has one of the lowest ratings on Rotten tomatoes.

Early life edit

Om was born in Mumbai to Bharat Kumar and Neena Raut. His mother is a television producer and his father is a senior journalist, well-known author, and successful Rajya Sabha member.[6][7] Raut's grandfather, J. S. Bandekar, (1925–2017) was a documentary filmmaker and editor.[8]

After working as a child artist in several theatre plays and ad films, Raut's feature film acting debut came with a lead role in Karamati Coat, in 1993.[9]

Raut attended Junior college at D.G. Ruparel college in Matunga and also holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from the Shah & Anchor College of Engineering in Mumbai.[10] He joined Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts in New York State to study film and television.[11]

Career edit

After completing his education, Raut worked as a writer & director for MTV Network in New York City.[11] He moved back to India[12] and later became the creative head of DAR Motion Pictures, before he produced City of Gold and Haunted – 3D.

Raut's directorial debut was the Marathi film Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush (2015), the first production of Neena Raut Films, which he had co-founded with his mother. It earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director.[13] The 2020 Hindi period action film Tanhaji, marked the first Hindi directorial venture of Raut.[10][2] His latest film is Adipurush starring Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan which released on June 16, 2023. The film received mostly negative reviews from both the critics and audience, alike. The direction, dialogues, and faithfulness to the source material were severely panned. It also generated multiple controversies owing to the subpar visual effects and portrayal of Lord Rama, Hanuman and Ravana.[14][15] However, it was a major commercial failure.[11][16]

Controversy edit

In 2015, Raut posted on Twitter, "Was God Hanuman Deaf? People around my building think so. Playing loud music like 'really loud' on Hanuman Jayanti. Plus all irrelevant songs". He reportedly deleted the tweet after it went viral. Amid the widespread negative critical and audience response to his 2023 film Adipurush, the tweet resurfaced.[17]

Filmography edit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Actor Language
1993 Karamati Coat No No No Yes Hindi
2011 Haunted – 3D No No Yes No Hindi
2015 Lokmanya: Ek Yugpurush Yes Yes No No Marathi
2020 Tanhaji Yes Yes No No Hindi
2023 Adipurush Yes Yes Yes No Hindi
Telugu

As executive producer

Awards edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Om Raut". IMDb. Retrieved 18 June 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Om Raut biography". in.bookmyshow.com.
  3. ^ "Winners of the Karrm Filmfare Awards (Marathi)". filmfare.com. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Adipurush movie review: Anti Hindu Critics call Prabhas-starrer 'an epic disappointment'". 16 June 2023.
  5. ^ phelian (17 June 2023). "From Mob Attacks To Vandalism, Here's Every Controversy 'Adipurush' Has Courted". TheQuint. Retrieved 18 June 2023.
  6. ^ www.exchange4media.com. "Neena Raut". Retrieved 19 July 2017.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Endemol appoints Neena Raut as Regional creative head". businessofcinema.com. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b Ramachandran, Sanskriti (25 July 2022). "A great feeling to win the Golden Lotus". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 16 June 2023.
  9. ^ "Karamati Coat". www.childrensfilmsouthasia.org. Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Om had a successful stint in US - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b c Ramachandran, Naman (22 February 2022). "Prabhas-Starring 'Adipurush': Director Om Raut Reveals Details of Epic 'Ramayana' Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 16 June 2023.
  12. ^ "City-of-Gold - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards - NYTimes.com". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2016. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Om Raut - Vice President-Creative Business Development at Valuable Group of Cos". Relationship Science. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Adipurush movie review: Critics call Prabhas-starrer 'an epic disappointment'". 16 June 2023.
  15. ^ phelian (17 June 2023). "From Mob Attacks To Vandalism, Here's Every Controversy 'Adipurush' Has Courted". TheQuint. Retrieved 18 June 2023.
  16. ^ Azad, Easha (18 January 2023). "150 days to Adipurush release: Rs 600 crore budget movie & the controversies that it got entangled into". NewsroomPost. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  17. ^ "Amid Adipurush Dialogue Controversy, Om Raut's Old Tweet Asking If Hanuman Was Deaf Goes Viral". IndiaTimes. 17 June 2023. Retrieved 24 June 2023.
  18. ^ ""Om Raut" got Best Director Debut Award (Marathi Filmfare 2016) for "Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush"". CityGossiper.com. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Filmfare Marathi: Nominations are out - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

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