Akshay Kumar unveiled the trailer of his upcoming film Prithviraj at a grand event in Mumbai. The historical war drama will see the actor essaying the role of legendary warrior Prithviraj Chauhan. The film also marks the debut of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, who will be seen in the role of Princess Sanyogita.
During the trailer launch of the film the Director, Chandraprakash was asked about the protest that was led against the film earlier, to which, he responded by saying, ” I believe every person and organization has the freedom to use their constitutional rights. Anyone can oppose the film within the limits of constitutional rights. And that is why I believe that even you have the right to question me If I do anything wrong. The second thing, the one you’re talking about they are a social organization and they are trying to protect the history of our nation from being manipulated, please don’t take it as my assent from my side. He was an important piece of history, who was also played by the late MG Ramachandran in Tamil.”
The director said that Prithviraj Chauhan is a national figure, who is revered across the country for his valor.
Chandraprakash also spoke on the tension around the title of the movie, saying what other nomenclature could be used for the emperor instead. Karni Sena had insisted that the movie be called Veer Yoddha Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan as a mark of “respect.”
He said that after the remarks from Karni Sena, YRF chief Aditya Chopra asked whether the title needed any additions, like an honorific. However, Chandraprakash bought all his historical knowledge out and explained how Prithviraj has been referred to as “Prithviraj Raso” or as “Prithviraj Vijaya” and not as “Samrat” (king) in epic poems by Chand Bardai and Jayanaka, respectively.
For the unversed, the film witnessed a protest earlier in Sector 45, Chandigarh, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha who reportedly said that if the producer-director does not resolve all of the film’s concerns, the film will end up the same way as what Padmaavat and Jodhaa Akbar endured during their release. During that time, loud messages were screamed and an effigy of the film’s producer, director, and actor, Akshay Kumar was burned.