Akshay Kumar’s upcoming historical period drama ‘Prithviraj’ is already facing resistance from the Rajput organisation, Karni Sena, who have raised an objection against the film’s title.
Reported on Box Office Worldwide, filmmaker Surjeet Singh Rathore, President of the Youth Wing of the Karni Sena shares that the title is not respectful of the warrior king, “How can they keep the title of the film as just ‘Prithviraj’ when the film is based on the great Prithviraj Chauhan? We want the title to be changed to his full name and give respect to him.”
This is not the first time the Karni Sena have been vocal about a film, previously they protested against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) which also had to change its name in order for it to be released in cinemas.
Singh Rathore added, “If they don’t listen to our advice they will have to face the consequences. What happened to Sanjay Leela Bhansali during ‘Padmaavat’, the makers of this film will have to be prepared for it, too.”
The Karni Sena have also demanded they get a screening ahead of the release so they can clear any objection they may have before hand.
In March 2020, the organisation caused a bit of a commotion when the makers were in Jaipur shooting for the film, asking the producers not to tamper with any of the facts in the film. Director, Chandraprakash Dwivedi later assured them that this would not happen.
Produced by Aditya Chopra, ‘Prithviraj’ is slated to release in theaters on 5th November 2021. The film stars Kumar in the titular role alongside Manushi Chillar who will be making her debut as his wife, Samyukta.