‘Prithviraj’: Why Akshay Kumar replaced Sunny Deol as the lead

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A couple of days ago Yash Raj Films held a grand trailer launch for their upcoming epic movie, ‘Prithviraj’. Lead actors Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar were also in attendance.

This historical drama, directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi has been making headlines ever since it was announced. Now, nearing the release of the movie, web portal Bollywood Hungama reports that originally the first choice to play the lead in the movie was not Akshay Kumar but Sunny Deol.

Talking about the casting of the movie, an industry source tells Bollywood Hungama about the events that transpired and why Sunny Deol was the first choice. The source said, “Sunny Deol was Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s first choice for the role of Prithviraj Chauhan. When they were shooting Mohalla Assi in Varanasi five years ago, Dwivedi and Deol had long discussions on Prithviraj.” Revealing further, the source continues, “In their discussions Dwivedi and Deol covered a lot of topics about the film and the character, from what the final look and feel should be to the character’s dialect and mannerisms. They had even discussed the look and voice-quality of the character.”

When the source was asked as to why the lead changed, the source said the reason Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi chose to let go of Sunny Deol and choose Akshay instead was due to YRF. The source adds, “Everything was on track with Sunny leading the cast. Then, with Yash Raj Films entering the picture, things changed. As per the YRF mandate, they wanted a more saleable hero than Sunny Deol, who also comes with a proven record of accomplishment. It was this decision that ultimately led to Deol being replaced.”

The movie, which has been extensively researched and helmed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi and backed by Yash Raj Films is all set to release in cinemas on June 3, 2022. The movie will be released in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil languages and besides Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar, the star cast also includes Manav Vij, Sonu Sood and Sanjay Dutt in important roles.

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