Why ‘Emperor Prithviraj’ flopped? Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi wrote the story for Todi Chuppi – Sunny Deol
‘I don’t understand what is the problem with people’
Chandraprakash Dwivedi says, ‘Historians should have their debates outside the cinema hall. He should have seen the film first. It should be kept beyond religion and politics. This film is not just about the might of Prithviraj. Talking about the reviews and reactions of the film, he admits that he has failed to understand the mood of the audience and their problems. He says, ‘We made the film on a big scale. But people had problems. Still don’t understand what is wrong with them. The writers did their work with utmost sincerity. We have not tampered with the facts of history. We understand this responsibility very well.
Said this on the casting of Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar
Questions have been raised since the beginning regarding the casting of ‘Samrat Prithviraj’. On casting Manushi Chillar, 30 years younger than Akshay Kumar in the lead role, Chandraprakash Dwivedi says, ‘You watch the old iconic serials of TV. Those who were cast in the main lead there also do not match the real character. Lord Krishna was of dark complexion, but the actors who played him on screen were fair. Prithviraj Kapoor played the role of Akbar, but he does not look like Akbar from anywhere. Every filmmaker sees Akshay with his own eyes. If you didn’t like the film or its character, that’s okay. But it is wrong to start any kind of agitation for this.
There was a ruckus when a film was made on a Hindu king: Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Talking about the social media criticism of ‘Samrat Prithviraj’, Chandraprakash Dwivedi says, ‘Whenever a Hindu hero is talked about, there is an uproar. When talking about Akbar, his opposition is said to be wrong. Whatever Abul Fazal says is right, but what Chandbardai says is wrong? There is a story from the poem on which the film is made. It is the job of historians to debate history. Those who want to bake political loaves, don’t make it controversial.