Samrat Prithviraj movie review: A badly casted, boring, dull & disappointing epic
What: Samrat Prithviraj – YRF attempt at its first historical drama is an epic disappointment, the Chanakya, Pinjar fame Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi gives us a dull boring lesson in history starring Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar
Samrat Prithviraj movie synopsis
Based on Prithviraj Raso, Samrat Prithviraj is the story of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) a great warrior who killed Muhammad Ghori and protected the pride of not only his country, his clan and humanity as well. Prithviraj Chauhan was also a great lover and a human who respected women and gave equal status to his love of life his wife – Sanyogita (Manushi Chillar).
What to say when one of the premium movie making banner YRF backs a badly casted, boring, dull and exciting epic.
The love story of Prithviraj and Sanyogita, the atrocities of Mughal emperors like Muhammad Ghori are well known if not the entire history of the great Indian Hindu Samrat (Emperor).
Looking at the background of Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi, I expected something in the range of Chanakya and Pinjar with YRF backing, it could have been a dream come true.
But what you get.. khoda pahad nikli chuhiya ( digging a big mountain and finding just a small mice)
First of all the casting,
I confess I was not impressed by the trailer but trusted Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi but how did they okayed Akshay Kumar (agreed he is great in action packed tough cop roles like Baby, Sooryavanshi, comedies of course that chichora type – Bala, Housefulls, Hera Pheri etc) but as a King like Prithviraj Chauhan, he is no way near, except from a couple of angles, I felt like watching Akshay Kumar in a Rajasthani Rajput OTT commercial on TV, Akshay Kumar unknowingly displayed his limited skills as an actor. Akshay lacks the poise, he can be a handsome police officer, Army officer but as a King he is pale average.
Manushi Chillar as Sanyogita is so plain and flat strictly average very average. Disappointing debut.
Manav Vij as Muhammad Ghori is equally boring, dull flat and seems uninterested right from the first frame.
So, Samrat Prithviraj is an epic example of bad casting, boring adaptation of history onscreen and unexciting film making in the epic genre.
How can a mainstream epic (no matter how important, excellent the topic, subject is) convince the audience when you have a flat hero, heroine, villain and an un engaging screenplay.
It cannot be denied that the issues of gender equality, woman empowerment, friendship, brotherhood, love for motherland do come up but they lack the impact.
So what’s good..
Sonu Sood as Chand Bardai, the intent to tell the story of Prithviraj Chauhan and Sanjay Dutt as Kaka.
“Char bans, chaubis gaj, angul ashta praman,
Ete pai hai Sultan, (Taa Upar hai Sultan),
ab mat chuko hey Chauhan."
(Ten measures ahead of you and twenty four feet away, is seated the Sultan. Do not miss him now, Chauhan).
This is the original couplet recited at the spot by Chand Bardai that helped Prithviraj eliminate the evil Muhammad Ghori.
Why was this changed at the climax Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi?.
There are many questions regarding this epic, audience is not blindfolded like Sanjay Dutt’s character in the movie.
Chauhan nahi chuke par YRF or Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi chuke, bure chuke,… Akshay or Manushi se waise bhi koi umeed nahi thi…. Disappointing indeed.
Going with a generous 2 for the intent, Sonu Sood and Sanjay Dutt