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Samrat Prithviraj: Akshay Kumar’s movie has caste-neutral depiction of the king, producer tells Delhi HC

A plea argued that the movie depicted the king as a Rajput while Prithviraj Chauhan was a Gurjar warrior.

  • Akshay Krishna

Last Updated: 08.28 AM, Jun 02, 2022

Samrat Prithviraj: Akshay Kumar’s movie has caste-neutral depiction of the king,  producer tells Delhi HC

Akshay Kumar’s historical war drama, Samrat Prithviraj is set to hit theatres around the country tomorrow. A controversy or even disagreements are not far away when it comes to a movie based on history, and the same has happened with Samrat Pritviraj. 

The movie ran in tricky waters after a plea was made in court by the Gurjar Samaj Sarv Sangthan Sabha Ekta Samanya Samiti, through advocate Rakesh Kumar. The petitioner argued that the movie showed the titular character as a Rajput King, while he was a Gurjar warrior in real life. 

The makers of Samrat Pritviraj on Wednesday apprised the Delhi High Court that the movie depicts the king in a caste-neutral shade and that it does not refer to any caste. 

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"The film is caste neutral and the intention is to showcase the titular character as an Indian King. There is no mention of King Prithviraj belonging either to the Rajput community or the Gurjar community. The film is only centred on glorifying the Indian warrior and king”

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma, representing the Central Board of Film Certification also said in court that the movie does not represent Prithviraj Chauhan as part of either caste. 

Produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films, the movie is directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Samrat Prithviraj stars Akshay Kumar in the titular role, and also features Manushi Chhillar making, Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Rana and Sakshi Tanwar in important roles. 

The historical war drama, which also marks the acting debut of Chhillar, is set to hit theatres around the world on June 3.