Akshay Kumar’s Epic Historical Film Samrat Prithviraj had a decent second day in theaters as it jumped up quite a bit since it opened on Friday. While the film had grossed Rs 10.70 crore on Friday, it collected Rs 12.50 crore on Saturday according to Box Office India. Its total is Rs 23.2 crore now.
The film, written and directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, is based on the life and times of Rajput Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan. The story is based on the epic poem Prithviraj Raso by Chand Bardai.
Manushi Chhillar, Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Manav Vij, Ashutosh Rana and Sakshi Tanwar are also playing.
The film opened as expected and is continuing now. However, it has a high budget and needs strong word-of-mouth to continue raising decent money, as its reviews are mostly mixed. It doesn’t help that he opened against Kamal Haasan’s biggie Vikram and Adivi Sesh star Major.
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Many criticized Samrat Prithviraj for the huge gap (29 years) between the ages of two leads. Chillar defended the difference telling Indianexpress.com, “I would like to point out that our characters (Prithviraj and Sanyogita) also had an age difference. Regardless of who is older than whom, regardless of whether the woman or the man is older, the casting must be appropriate. When you’re an actor, you have to look like the character, whether younger or older than your actual age.
Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film 2 stars and wrote, “What Chandraprakash Dwivedi has done is flesh out the caption so that it is in tune with the national mood. dominant. Prithviraj is representative of a Bharat when it was pristine, pure, unpolluted. How did a director who also directed the astonishingly subversive “Mohalla Assi” achieve this shift? (Dwivedi has publicly stated that this is his passion project, and he’s been trying to get it off the ground for a decade-plus). Or is it just a matter of opportunity?