Prithviraj: 2022 Bollywood Historical Action Drama

Prithviraj: 2022 Indian Historical Action Drama

Movie Name: Prithviraj
Directed by: Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Manushi Chhillar, Sanjay Dutt, Manav Vij, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana, Sakshi Tanwar, Lalit Tiwari, Ajoy Chakrabarty, Deependra Singh, Govind Pandey, Nikkita Chadha
Genre: DramaActionHistory
Release Date: 03 June, 2022
Running Time: 145 minutes

No one seems human in Akshay Kumar’s part-panegyric, part-misguided feminist epic

Prithviraj is an upcoming 2022 Indian Hindi-language historical action drama film directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi and produced by Aditya Chopra under his production house Yash Raj Films. It is about the life of the Chahamana Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan and stars Akshay Kumar in the titular role, while Manushi Chhillar (in her film debut) plays his wife Sanyogita. The film was officially announced on 9 September 2019, which marked the occasion of Kumar’s 52nd birthday, with a motion poster released on social media. Principal photography of the film began on 15 November 2019, and it is scheduled to release in theaters in India on 03 June, 2022.

Principal photography commenced on 15 November 2019 at Jamwaramgarh, Jaipur, Rajasthan. A song was shot in January 2020. Later the filming was postponed in March 2020 due to Coronavirus pandemic in India. Ahead of the 2020 monsoon season, sets created for the film in Rajasthan were taken down because the cost of maintaining them during the corona-virus lockdown was too high. With no filming expected to take place before the monsoon season, the filmmakers reportedly made the decision to destroy the Dahisar sets, Yash Raj Films has confirmed. Two sets were erected in Dahisar. One was a palace and the other an arena in which an action sequence was supposed to be filmed. According to Yash Raj, the sequences will now be shot at an indoor set once filming is allowed to resume.

Prithviraj Movie Trailer:

Prithviraj Movie Review:

Akshay Kumar plays a brave, righteous, benevolent and feminist king in one of his most lacklustre and inorganic roles ever.

An opening disclaimer for Samrat Prithviraj–one that flashes right after that CBFC certificate with ‘Samrat’ etched in handwritten word from a ball point pen above the typewriter-typed ‘Prithviraj’ – promises its viewers that this film doesn’t ‘glorify’ the evil, archaic practices of sati and jauhar. I wonder if they forgot to add a wink emoji at the end of that sentence. Personally, I don’t know a better way to glorify mass suicides than with a song-dance sequence as women prepare to long jump into a pit of raging fire.

But Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi really, really wants his movie to be feminist y’all. Almost 100 years before Razia Sultan took Delhi’s throne, director Dwivedi shows how a Hindu queen took seat by her king at court, gave her inputs and opinion even as disapproving old men spat at the idea of it. Of course, the ideals of treating women as living-breathing humans with desires, ambitions, fears and agency go out the window as soon as an opportunity to make them dance in matching costumes in face of horrifying death presents itself.

This obsession with myth more than the man, is mostly what sinks Samrat Prithviraj. Dwivedi’s Prithviraj (played by Akshay Kumar) is already righteous, brave, benevolent and all for female empowerment when we first meet him. He tackles lions and fights battles for the honour of a ‘naachnewali’ in the first 10 minutes of the film. This character does not change a smidge, let alone ‘develop’ through the course of the overlong two and a half hours. Akshay, 54, is miscast as the young king and it shows worse than ever in his scenes with 25-year-old Manushi Chillar, who plays Queen Sanyogita. Scenes of romance, even when they read letters sent to each other from different cities, make one uncomfortable, which only get further difficult to digest as they finally sing songs around sand dunes and give each other bedroom eyes. Manushi’s very visibly raw performance doesn’t help anything and Akshay’s strongest suit has never been romance either. It’s a mess beyond saving.

While the lead couple and the characters they played were wooden and as far removed from human as possible, those around them did a manage a somewhat better job. Among the saving graces were Ashutosh Rana’s appropriately raging, worst father-in-law ever act as Kannauj king Jaichand. Rana, as is always expected of him, expertly conveys the jealous, cruel heart of a treacherous king, an antithesis of the goodest ever Prithviraj and therefore, more believable than him. Also more human, surprisingly, was Manav Vij as Mohammad Ghori. Unlike the meat-guzzling, unbathed Alauddin Khijli of Ranveer Singh or any iterations of any Muslim rulers in the post-2014 world of desi period movies, Manav played Ghori with some restrain, rather than as an almost rabid emperor. His words fall with ease, without theatrics, and often, with more logic than our men on the good side of the fight.

The film’s battle scenes are luxe and stylish but better suited for the Baahubali types rather than in a tale of real historical figures. Arrows go flying in 360 degree shots and Prithviraj dodges a spear like Neo in the air. 24,000 men are slain yet not a single puddle of blood is seen in the battlefield. In another film, I would have perhaps marvelled at the camera angles, the dusty-beige look of the scenes, and the slick action, but medieval battles are supposed to be gory, horrible and more cruel than the stunning John Wick aesthetic.

Then there are finer (not fine at all) details like 10th century princesses wearing low-waist lehengas with sweetheart necklines straight out of Sabyasachi’s latest collection. Love letters between a Kannauj princess and her Rajput prince written with words like ‘ishq’ and ‘mubarak’. On their own, these things may not be deal breakers but added to an actor’s wooden performance as a one-dimensional character in a badly told story, they pile up.

Based on poem Prithviraj Raso by the king’s loyal Chand Bardai (played by Sonu Sood in the film), Samrat Prithviraj often crosses over to panegyric, bhajan territory rather than stay believable as a story of a brave but still ‘human’ king. There is nothing more distancing than a man who is already a god.

Movie Songs:

Song Title: Hari Har
Lyrics: Varun Grover
Music: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Singer(s): Adarsh Shinde

Song Title: Avan Avan
Lyrics: Madhan Karky
Music: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Singer(s): Diwakar

’13वीं शताब्दी से पहले राजपूतों का अस्तित्व नहीं’: अक्षय कुमार की ‘पृथ्वीराज’ पर राजपूत और गुर्जर समाज आमने-सामने, रिलीज रोकने की माँग

गुर्जर संगठनों का आरोप है कि अक्षय कुमार की फिल्म में सम्राट पृथ्वीराज चौहान को राजपूत समाज से बताया गया है, जो सही नहीं है।

अक्षय कुमार की आगामी फिल्म ‘पृथ्वीराज’ रिलीज से पहले ही विवादों में फँस गई है। फिल्म को लेकर राजपूत और गुर्जर समाज में ठन गई है। राजस्थान के अजमेर में फिल्म के खिलाफ विरोध प्रदर्शन हो रहा है। असल में राजपूत और गुर्जर समाज, दोनों के संगठन उन्हें अपना बता रहे हैं। गुर्जर संगठनों का आरोप है कि फिल्म में सम्राट पृथ्वीराज चौहान को राजपूत समाज से बताया गया है, जो सही नहीं है। यही कारण है कि अजमेर के वैशाली में स्थित भगवान देवनारायण मंदिर में प्रदर्शन हुआ।

यश राज फिल्म्स‘ की इस मूवी का निर्देशन चंद्रप्रकाश द्विवेदी कर रहे हैं, जो नब्बे के दशक में ‘चाणक्य’ का किरदार निभा कर घर-घर में लोकप्रिय हो गए थे। राजपूत संगठनों का कहना है कि ये साबित करने की कोई ज़रूरत नहीं है कि पृथ्वीराज चौहान राजपूत थे, क्योंकि यही वास्तविकता है। राजपूत नेता भँवर सिंह ने कहा कि असलियत को बदला नहीं जा सकता है। वहीं गुर्जर समाज ने अजमेर जिला प्रशासन के समक्ष याचिका दायर कर फिल्म की रिलीज को रोकने की माँग की है।

ज्ञापन में गुर्जर संगठनों की तरफ से माँग रखी गई है कि फिल्म को रिलीज होने से पहले उनके समाज के प्रतिनिधियों को दिखाया जाए। मुख्यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत के पास भी इस सम्बन्ध में पत्र भेजा गया है। 2017 में ‘मिस वर्ल्ड’ प्रतियोगिता की विजेता रहीं मानुषी छिल्लर भी इस फिल्म से बॉलीवुड में कदम रख रही हैं। फिल्म में उन्होंने संयोगिता का किरदार निभाया है। वहीं संजय दत्त और सोनू सूद के अलावा 2007 में ‘क्योंकि सास भी कभी बहू थी‘ से चर्चा बटोरने वाले मानव विज भी इस फिल्म में महत्वपूर्ण किरदारों में दिखेंगे।

फिल्म की रिलीज डेट 21 जनवरी, 2022 ही रखी गई थी, लेकिन कोरोना संक्रमण के फिर सिर उठाने के कारण ये तय तारीख़ पर रिलीज नहीं हो पाएगी। शाहिद कपूर की ‘जर्सी’ से लेकर बड़े बजट की एसएस राजामौली की ‘RRR‘ तक, कई फिल्मों ने अपनी रिलीज टाल दी है। ‘श्री राजपूत करणी सेना‘ के राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ता विजेंद्र सिंह शक्तावत का कहना है कि प्राचीन काल में गोचर हुआ करते थे, जो बार में गुज्जर और फिर गुर्जर बन गए। उन्होंने गुर्जर शब्द को जाति नहीं, स्थान सूचक बताया। राजपूत संगठनों का कहना है कि फिल्म का नाम ‘पृथ्वीराज’ सम्मानसूचक नहीं है, इसे ‘पृथ्वीराज चौहान’ होना चाहिए।

वहीं गुर्जर नेता हिम्मत सिंह ने ‘पृथ्वीराज रासो’ महाकाव्य को पूरी तरह काल्पनिक बताते हुए कहा कि चंदबरदाई ने इसे 16वीं शताब्दी में मिश्रित स्थानीय भाषाओं में लिखा था, पृथ्वीराज चौहान के निधन के कई वर्षों बाद। उन्होंने कहा कि कवि ने प्रिंगल भाषा का उपयोग किया है, जबकि पृथ्वीराज चौहान के समय संस्कृत का इस्तेमाल होता था। हिम्मत सिंह ने 13वीं शताब्दी से पहले राजपूतों के अस्तित्व को नकारते हुए कहा कि पृथ्वीराज चौहार के पिता सोमेश्वर गुर्जर जाति से ताल्लुक रखते थे, इसीलिए वो भी गुर्जर हुए। इससे पहले सम्राट मिहिर भोज को लेकर भी ऐसा ही विवाद सामने आया था।

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