Despite objections, YRF are not changing the title of ‘Prithviraj’

Yash Raj Films’ big-ticket entertainer, the epic historical period drama – ‘Prithviraj’ starring Akshay Kumar in the titular role, landed itself in a spot of bother owing to the alleged content in the movie.

Much like other historical dramas (like Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’), this movie too faced a few issues nearing its release.

The fracas was created by a group called Karni Sena who expressed a few misgivings about the movie. They production house, though, handled the situation well by giving the objecting member an early preview of the movie

Having watched the move, the group was quite happy with the portrayal and the story of the Royal warrior and gave their green signal for the movie. However, their only demand was that that movie’s title be changed and that the title ‘Samrat’ (Emperor) be added to the movie – essentially, their demand was that instead of the current title, ‘Prithviraj’, the movie title should be ‘Samrat Prithviraj’.

While there was some debate on this issue, it seems like YRF has ultimately decided that they will NOT be changing the title of the movie and keep the name of the movie as it is.

As reported by Bollywood Hungama, a source close to the production house said, Yash Raj Films have decided that they will not be changing the title. There are hardly few days left for the release for the film. They do not want to change the title now. We can safely say that we have portrayed the king in all his glory and we have tried to retain as much history as we can.”

A while ago, in a report in ETimes, Surjeet Singh Rathore of the Karni Sena had said that YRF had promised them they would make the requested changes, He said, “We have met Akshaye Widhani, the CEO of Yash Raj films and they have promised to make the change to the title. They have agreed to honour our demand.”

Perhaps the production house did not want to make any changes so close to the release of the movie. ‘Prithviraj’ stars Akshay Kumar, Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt and Manushi Chhillar, who makes her Bollywood debut with this movie.

The movie has been directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi of ‘Chanakya’ fame and it is scheduled to release in cinemas on June 3, 2022.

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