Samrat Prithviraj Movie Review
- Movie: Samrat Prithviraj
- Cast: Akshay Kumar, Manushi Chhillar, Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Manav Vij
- Director: Chandraprakash Dwivedi
- Rating: 3.5/5
The screenplay of Samrat Prithviraj is based on the legendary life of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan. The makers were required to highlight his journey, pride, and heroism, but the filmmaker chose to go the subtle route, adding small heroics to the brave monarch of India played by Akshay Kumar. Instead of presenting the characters to the spectator, the first half of the film jumps from one sequence to the next, with no emphasis on drama or build-up. The film begins off strong with a combat sequence between Samrat Prithviraj and a lion, but the plot then sags until the interval, when it picks up again. The war sequence, too, lacks the kind of build-up that we’ve seen in a number of historical pictures.
Samrat is played by Akshay Kumar. Prithviraj is sincere and faithful to his director’s concept for portraying the Hindu Samrat. While he is expected to underplay the role of legend Prithviraj, a larger-than-life and more heroic portrayal would have provided the Khiladi Kumar with more opportunities to shine. Manushi Chhillar creates a strong first impression and has a strong screen presence. Sonu Sood does a good job as Chand Bardai, while Sanjay Dutt’s portrayal of Kaka is underdeveloped. Manav Vij is decent, but his role is poorly developed, thus he doesn’t have much of an impact. The rest of the ensemble cast, including Ashutosh Rana, is wasted.
All of the drama and turmoil in Samrat Prithviraj would have been amplified if the director had spent more time creating the protagonist and antagonist. Because there is no fire in the battle, the effect of the action and drama is diminished. Muhammad Ghori’s negative character needed to be fleshed out more in the film.
When it comes to technical factors, the background score is effective, but the music falls short. While most period films have catchy music, this one doesn’t have a single memorable tune. The visual effects are good, but the set designer deserves special praise for adding grandeur to the cinematography. The dialogue is adequate, but it could have been far better.
Overall, Samrat Prithviraj is a good movie with a mediocre screenplay.
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