Samrat Prithviraj Movie Review: Akshay Kumar’s historical story is absolutely average

Samrat Prithviraj Movie Review: Akshay Kumar’s historical story is absolutely average

Samrat Prithviraj Movie Review: Akshay Kumar’s historical story is absolutely average

Samrat Prithviraj Movie Review: Akshay Kumar’s historical story is absolutely average

Movie: Samrat Prithviraj

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Manushi Chhillar, Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt, Manav Vijo

Director: Chandraprakash Dwivedi

Rating: 2.5/5

The historical genre in the Hindi film industry has always been about romance with a bit of action and drama, except for Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which was more of an action thriller. The latest to join the long list is Chandraprakash Dwivedi directorial Samrat Prithviraj. A few moments in the Yash Raj production opposite Akshay Kumar, Manushi Chhillar, Sonu Sood and Sanjay Dutt are worth the excitement, but they fall short in between.

A film based on the legendary life of Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan needed a screenplay that celebrated his journey, pride and valor, but the filmmaker went the subtle way with younger heroes with India’s Brave King portrayed by Akshay Kumar. . Instead of introducing the audience to the characters, the film quickly moves from sequence to sequence in the first half, without paying much attention to the drama and build-up. The film starts off nicely with a fight scene between Emperor Prithviraj and a lion, but the narrative only posts to pick up during the intervening point. The battle scenes also don’t have the kind of construction we’ve seen in many period movies before.

As the film progresses to the second part, Dwivedi tries to create drama using the romantic tracks of Samrat Prithviraj and Sanyogita, but again, the original conflict is not presented effectively in the film. It is only towards the last 20 minutes that Samrat Prithviraj makes an impression, as the entire climax sequence is well conceptualized with the much needed thrill in the storytelling pattern. Minus the opening 10 minutes, interval blocks and the finale, Samrat Prithviraj’s handwriting is flat. The battle sequence shown in the trailer is also not something we haven’t seen in Tamasha before. The Jauhar sequence is well done, but it is a déj vu of what we have seen in Padmaavat.

The effect of all the drama and conflict in Samrat Prithviraj would have been much better if the director had focused on setting up the protagonist and the antagonist in a better way. Fire is missing in conflict and, therefore, the effect of action and drama is slim. The film guaranteed better characterization for the negative character of Muhammad Ghori. Talking about the technical aspects, the background score is effective, but the music is not good. While most period movies have melodious music, it doesn’t boast of a single song that stands out. The visual effects are fine, but special credit is given to the set designer, who brings elegance to the cinematography. The dialogues are good but could have been much better.

Akshay Kumar as Samrat Prithviraj is honest and follows his director’s vision to portray the Hindu emperor. While he is said to underplay in place of legend Prithviraj, the larger-than-life and more heroic portrayal would have given the player a wider scope to perform. Manushi Chhillar makes a confident start and has a good on-screen presence too. She also does well in the powerful Jauhar sequence. Sonu Sood is decent as Chand Bardai, while Sanjay Dutt is wasted with the half-baked character of Kaka. Manav Vij is fair but doesn’t make an impact due to poorly written character. Ashutosh Rana and the rest of the ensemble cast are ruined.

Overall, Samrat Prithviraj is an average affair, with a rather flat screenplay. Historically, three strong sequences can be seen – the opening act, the intermission block and the closing. While the three lead actors give an earnest performance and the director has mounted the film well, the narrative certainly demands a lot of drama, and a battle sequence at least in the second part. The brave Indian warrior deserved a better film.


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