Akshay Kumar and Manishi Chhillar’s Prithviraj faces backlash from Karni Sena, demands title change

New Delhi: Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Prithviraj is trending on social media after it gets warning from Karni Sena. The outfit is demanding a title change for the film.

Speaking to a leading daily, Surjeet Singh Rathore, president of the youth wing of the sena, said, “How can they keep the title of the film as just Prithviraj when the film is based on the great Prithviraj Chauhan? We want the title to be changed to his full name and give respect to him.”

Singh added that the film’s team will face treatment similar to what was faced by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the filming of Padmaavat, if their demands are not met. “If they don’t listen to our advice they will have to face the consequences. What happened to Sanjay Leela Bhansali during Padmaavat, the makers of this film will have to be prepared for it, too,” he said.

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This is not the first time that the Karni Sena has made an objection. Earlier in 2016, Padmaavat also faced smething similar. Not only this, Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali also faced death threats. The demand was made and film’s title was changed from Padmavati to Padmaavat and Karni Sena later accepted that the film honoured Rajput valour and ended their protest against it.

Prithviraj also stars Manushi Chhillar and will be based on the epic poem Prithviraj Raso by Chand Bardai. Revealing details about the movie, director Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi said in an interview to ANI, “Prithviraj is also based mainly on medieval literature, an epic called Prithviraj Raso by the great poet Chand Bardai. Apart from a couple of versions of Raso, there are many other literary works on Prithviraj, his life, and times. In addition to these, there are commentaries on Raso.”

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