Karni Sena is back in the news again for protesting against another Hindi film, this time Yash Raj Film’s Akshay Kumar starrer Prithviraj. This time, Rajput organisation has raised an objection around the title of the film.
The upcoming historical film features Akshay as the legendary king Prithviraj Chauhan. It will reportedly be based on the epic poem ‘Prithviraj Raso’ by Chand Bardai.
Filmmaker Surjeet Singh Rathore, President of the Youth Wing of the Karni Sena said, “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.”
The Karni Sena had previously protested multiple times against Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer Padmavat. The name of the film was changed from Padmavati to Padmavat, before the film was released in theaters.
Not just the title, Karni Sena has also demanded that Prithviraj be screened for them before its release so they can clear it of any objections that they may have.
Surjeet Singh Rathore said, “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.”
Earlier last year in March 2020, the Karni Sena had asked the producers of Prithviraj not to tamper with any facts when they had staged a stir at the shooting of the film in Jaipur. The director, Chandraprakash Dwivedi had then assured them that there was no tampering with historic facts in the film’s script.
Akshay Kumar had announced this project as his first historical film, back in 2019, on his birthday.
Elated to share about my 1st historical film on my birthday!Humbled to have the opportunity to play a hero I look up to for his valor & values- Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan in one of my biggest films #Prithviraj.
Producer @yrf,director #DrChandraprakashDwivedi, releasing Diwali 2020 pic.twitter.com/Q2nD5KE3KR
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 9, 2019
Directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi and produced by Aditya Chopra, the film also stars Manushi Chillar as Samyukta, Prithviraj Chauhan’s wife, in addition to Akshay Kumar playing the title role.
The film’s shoot was wrapped in February this year after it was was stopped due to the lockdown, last year. The film was earlier scheduled to be released on Diwali, 13 November 2020. but due to the delay in the shooting schedule and theaters not returning to full capacity, it is now slated to be released on November 5 this year.