Based on the life of the Indian king Prithviraj Chauhan, the movie has been the centre of controversy due to its title.
Akshay Kumar seems to be one of the few in Bollywood with the Midas touch, turning almost every project he undertakes into a blockbuster. And now, his ability will be put to test once again with his upcoming historical drama Prithviraj.
When will Prithviraj, starring Akshay Kumar, be released?
The historical drama is scheduled for a theatrical release on 5 November, coinciding with Diwali.
What was the controversy surrounding the movie Prithviraj?
Prithviraj witnessed several protests against it in Chandigarh, led by Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha, a group formed to promote the rights of the Kshatriya community in the country. The group took offence to the titular 12th Century king’s name being only Prithviraj. They claimed that it was disrespectful to not include the historical figure’s full name or not to precede it with titles such as ‘king’ or ‘emperor’.
The historical drama, which had witnessed several delays in its production owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, will follow the life of the legendary ruler of the Chauhan dynasty, as told in Chand Bardai’s epic poem Prithviraj Raso. The film features Chandraprakash Dwivedi in the director’s chair, well-known for weaving Indian historical and mythological elements in his work. According to Hindustan Times, the filmmaker had done a lot of research to fully capture the essence of the famed king, adding that he had chosen to tell the story of the king due to the timeless relevance it holds.
In addition to Akshay Kumar, the film also features a star-studded cast of Sanjay Dutt, Manav Vij, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana, Sakshi Tanwar and Manushi Chhillar, who will be making her Bollywood debut with the movie. Yash Raj Films bankrolls the project.