Only a day earlier, on May 26, it was reported that despite facing pressure from religious groups, Yash Raj Films has decided that they will not be changing the title of their upcoming period historical drama, ‘Prithviraj’ starring Akshay Kumar and debutante Manushi Chhillar.
Now it seems the makers of the movie could not hold on to their determination against the Karni Sena, who had first raised objection to the content of the movie.
Upon watching an early screening of the movie, Karni Sena members were mollified by the content but still demanded that the title of the movie be changed to ‘Samrat Prithviraj’. Samrat in Hindi means Emperor and the religious group members wanted to ensure that appropriate respect was given to a fierce fearless royal warrior of Indian history.
While YRF had initially decided not to change the name, they have now changed their minds and decided to accede to the Karni Sena’s request and added ‘Samrat’ to their movie’s title. So, the Akshay Kumar starrer releasing on June 3, 2022 will be called ‘Samrat Prithviraj’ henceforth.
As per reports the producers wrote a letter to the National, youth as well a Maharashtra president of the Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena on Friday, May 27, to let them know that they have changed the title of their movie as requested.
An excerpt of the letter written by the CEO of YRF reads, “As per the multiple rounds of discussions between us, and to peacefully and amicably resolve the raised grievance, we will change the title of the Film to “Samrat Prithviraj”. We are highly appreciative of the mutual agreement reached between us that you have no further objections with regards to our Film and that all other points raised by you earlier are no longer a point of contention between us. We thank Shri Rajput Karni Sena and its members for understanding our good intentions pertaining to the depiction of the great warrior in the Film. We are grateful to have your complete support, locally and globally, for release of the Film and for the assurances provided in your letter.”
The movie also stars Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt and Ashutosh Rana. It has been directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi of ‘Chanakya’ TV show fame. ‘Samrat Prithviraj’ will release in cinemas a week from now, i.e., on June 3, 2022.