Samrat Prithviraj, directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, was critically panned upon its premiere and was a box office disaster.
In a recent interview with Navbharat Times, the filmmaker discussed the film’s failure and critical reception.
The director discussed the inspiration for Samrat Prithviraj, revealing that the film was based on Chandbardai’s Prithviraj Raso.
“I don’t mind criticism,” he continued. But if Chandbardai writes about Prithviraj, he is wrong, and if Abul Fazal or Alberuni write about him, they are correct; I object.”
The filmmaker also addressed the criticism of Akshay Kumar’s casting, claiming that based on the paintings on Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan’s body, his physique was comparable to Akshay’s.
Furthermore, this was the filmmaker’s interpretation of Samrat Prithviraj, and he went on to explain that the Mughal king didn’t look like that, citing the example of Prithviraj Kapoor as Emperor Akbar in Mughal-E-Azam.
Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi also discussed how the film’s failure will have little impact on Akshay Kumar or Yash Raj Films, but will make filmmakers like him reconsider shooting another historical epic.
He stated that YRF will continue to make films like Rowdy Rathore and Housefull, and that if Samrat Prithviraj fails, he will return to making such non-controversial masala entertainers if that is what the audiences want.
Check out the interview below:
Samrat Prithviraj has generated close to Rs 65 crore at the domestic box office in just ten days. The audience had turned down the film.
Samrat Prithviraj also stars Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Manav Vij, and former Miss World Manushi Chhillar, and was made on a reported budget of Rs 200 crore or more.