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Nothing offensive in ‘Prithviraj’, says director

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Filmmaker Chandrapra­kash Dwivedi on Monday said the team of his historical film Prithviraj has been respectful in depicting the life of legendary warrior king Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan on the big screen.

Earlier this year, the Delhi High Court had refused to entertain a plea seeking to modify the name of the feature film which stars Akshay Kumar in the title role.

The counsel of the petitioner Rashtriya Pravasi Parishad had submitted that Samrat Prithviraj was a great emperor and putting the movie title only as Prithviraj hurts the sentiments of the public at large.

During the trailer launch, Dwivedi said producer Aditya Chopra had asked him if there was any possibilit­y of changing the title but the team stuck to the original name as it was historical­ly correct.

“I told him that the first-ever written text that we consider to be ‘Prithviraj Raso’, even there he isn’t mentioned as Samrat Prithviraj. Even in ‘Prithviraj Vijaya’ (there was no mention of ‘Samrat’)... I believe people should not be offended if we call anyone by their name...

“He’s such a great personalit­y, if you call him with love, people should accept it. To those who still have a doubt, when they watch the film, they’ll be satisfied,” the director said.

Dwivedi said people have the right to be offended but their protests should be nonviolent. Through the film, the filmmaker said the team is paying “tributes” to the historical ruler and promised audiences that he wouldn’t show anything that is unacceptab­le.

The film also marks the screen debut of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, who plays the role of Sanyogita.

Prithviraj is scheduled to be released on June 3. ANI

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