Prithviraj, Akshay Kumar’s forthcoming film, has been met with a barrage of criticism since its announcement. The film has been criticised for all the reasons, from its actors to its title. Miss World Manushi Chillar will make her Bollywood debut in the film, which is backed by YRF.
The Karni Sena had already demanded that the film’s title be changed, and now the Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha is demanding the same. The Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha recently staged a demonstration in Chandigarh, during which Akshay’s effigy was burned.
Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha and others involved with the organisation have stated that the film’s full title should be Hindu Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan or Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan. They believe that Prithviraj Chauhan was the last Hindu emperor, and that the film’s title should reflect that.
Not only that, but the members also demanded that the film be presented to representatives of the Kshatriya and Rajput societies so that they could see if there was any issue or whether the film tampered with history. The protest took place in Chandigarh’s Sector 45, with members threatening that if the producer-director does not take action to end all of the film’s issues, the film will suffer the same fate that the Kshatriya Samaj did to Padmaavat and Jodhaa Akbar after their release.
They screamed slogans and burned the effigy of the film’s producer-director and Akshay Kumar while protesting.
The producers of Prithviraj have yet to make a decision on these organisations’ demands. If everything goes according to plan, the film will be released on Diwali 2021.
When the Karni Sena demanded a change in the title, director Surjeet Singh Rathore, who is also the president of the Karni Sena’s Youth Wing, remarked, “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.”