Cast: Akshay Kumar, Manushi Chhillar, Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt, Manav Vij
- Cinematography by Manush Nandan
- Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sanchit-Ankit, Alap Desai
- Edited by Aarif Sheikh
- Written & Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi
- Produced by Aditya Chopra for Yash Raj Films
Samrat Prithviraj is the latest movie from Akshay Kumar in the production of Yash Raj Films. Movie released in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam on 3rd June. Miss World pageant winner Manushi Chhillar debuted with the film and Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt, Manav Vij acted in the fictitious tale of Prithviraj Chauhan. Movie is based on Pritviraj Raso poem recited by Chand Bardai. How is the movie? Let’s discuss…
King Prithviraj Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) of Ajmer is in captive of invader Mohammad Gori (Manav Vij). He remembers his lady love Rani Sanyogita (Manushi Chhillar) lying wounded after fighting off hungry lions. He remembers how their love blossomed and how he tried to fight against invasion of Mohammad Gori valiantly. Watch the movie to know more.
Movie fails to connect us to the core point that is, celebrating the life of Prithviraj Chauhan. It tries too hard to glorify that we feel like reading a text book or any book written on the great warrior king than watching this extended daily serial. Movie is loud to the point of making us believe Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Alauddin Khilji is nuanced take on history. Sanjay himself would say he is a showman and he loves to loud, in your face and Chandraprakash Dwivedi might say, I can be more louder than you. Had there been innovation in presenting characters, set pieces, love story that we did not see before, this movie might have stood out among the others but this just doesn’t try much than the others, in fact, tries to copy them more than it should.
Performances wise Sanjay Dutt doesn’t come up with a performance that we normally associate with him. Sonu Sood is good in parts and Manushi Chhillar’s character is just caricatural as it is pathetically written and performed. Akshay Kumar and Manav Vij doesn’t fit in their roles and they seem to know just one way of acting – over acting. On the whole, if you really wish to watch it, wait!
- Production values
- Few scenes
- Over dramtisation
- Tacky writing
- Lurid performances
- Underwhelming writing to the core
Bottomline: Underwhelmingly loud!