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‘Samrat Prithviraj’ review: Akshay Kumar’s film is a tedious ode to an epic character


Dramas from the historical period of Hindi cinema mainly take one of two paths: an epic love story with a dash of action like “Bajirao Mastani” or a full-on action movie like “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior “. However, Akshay Kumar’s star “Samrat Prithviraj” tries to be both but doesn’t do a specific genre justice.

Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi attempts to weave in all the heroic tales about King Prithviraj Chauhan and his love affair with Princess Sanyogita in his 133-minute film, but the result is a series of loosely tied sequences that lack consistency.

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“Samrat Prithviraj” follows the stories and events of the 13th century poem “Prithviraj Raso” written by Chand Bardai, the court poet of Prithviraj Chauhan. The film follows his rise from the ruler of Ajmer to the throne of Delhi and his battles against Muhammad Ghori of Ghazni. Tales of his bravery and the two battles of Tarain feature prominently in the film about the Rajput king.

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Akshay Kumar slips into Prithviraj Chauhan’s battlesuit and does his best to bring the character to life on screen. Nearly 90% of the film features him onscreen but his performance isn’t much different from most of his recent films. We got used to Akshay Kumar delivering social commentary on screen and in ‘Samrat Prithviraj’ the only difference seemed to be the costumes and battle armor. However, he shines in the action scenes and the climax sequence will surely generate a lot of boos and applause among the audience.

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Manushi Chhillar, who was crowned Miss World in 2017, made her Bollywood debut with ‘Samrat Prithviraj’. As the Princess of Kannauj, Manushi looked elegant but the brutality was quite apparent in her acting. The 29-year age gap between the leading pair also didn’t help matters as the chemistry, that would have invested in the love story, was missing from the screen.

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The ensemble cast of Ashutosh Rana, Sakshi Talwar and Sonu Sood play their small but important roles to perfection while Sanjay Dutt does his best to shine in a role that can best be described as half-baked. But, one cannot help but sympathize with the actor Manav Vij who plays the role of Muhammad Ghori. He was featured with some of the most one-note dialogue in the film and most of his acting was limited to menacing stares towards most of the film’s characters.

There are a number of engaging sequences in the film, but the lack of a narrative doesn’t allow audiences to fully immerse themselves in the story.

Rather than focusing on a few important events, the film attempts to show glimpses of everything at breakneck speed. The result is a boring history lesson that doesn’t get you excited about one of Indian history’s greatest warriors.

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