Akshay Kumar starrer Prithviraj threatened by Karni Sena; latter demands change in title

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Superstar Akshay Kumar starrer and much-awaited project Prithviraj has received a threat from the Karni Sena over its title. The YRF film is a biopic on emperor Prithviraj Chauhan and is directed by Chandraparaksh Dwivedi. Filmmaker Surjeet Singh Rathore, president of the Youth Wing of the Karni Sena, has put up three conditions for the film. It even warned that if Akshay and Aditya Chopra do not accept their demand, they will face a situation similar to Sanjay Leela Bhansali during Padmaavat.

Filmmaker Surjeet Singh Rathore, who is the President of Youth Wing of Karni Sena, shared a screenshot of a news article on Instagram and put forth three conditions. One of their demands is that the makers change the title of the film to incorporate the emperor’s full name – Prithviraj Chauhan. Karni Sena Youth Wing President warned the makers that if they fail to comply with their demands, they would have to face ‘unfavourable consequences’, similar to what Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat faced during the time of its release.

 

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He put forward their three conditions, which include “screening of the film before its release”, “the film be shown to the Rajput society”, and the “title of the film to have the full name — Veer Yoddha Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan”. In 2016, Padmaavat was being shot in Rajasthan when members from the outfit destroyed the sets and physically assaulted Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the director of the film. Karni Sena claimed that the makers are distorting the glorious history of Rani Padmavati. The film was announced on Chauhan’s birth anniversary in 2019. However, the film’s shooting got stalled due to COVID-19.

It is now expected to hit the theatres on 5 November. Prithviraj is directed by Chandraparaksh Dwivedi and also stars former Miss World Manushi Chhillar. Actors like Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Rana, Sakshi Tanwar, Manav Vij, and Lalit Tiwari will be seen in pivotal roles.

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