Samrat Prithviraj Rating 3.5/5 & Rating
SAMRAT PRITHVIRAJ is the story of a brave king. In the late 12th century, Prithviraj Chauhan (Akshaykumar) is the king of Ajmer. He is known for his bravery and kindness. One day, Mir Hussein (Anshuman Singh) comes to his front door and asks for his help. He is the brother of Mohammed Ghori (Manav Vij), the ruthless king of Ghazni. Mir Hussein fell in love with Chitralekha (Radha Bhatt), the mistress of Mohammed Ghori, and eloped with her. Mohammed Ghori now wants to kill Mir Hussein. Therefore, Mir Hussein asks for the help of Prithviraj Chauhan. Prithviraj Chauhan decides to help him, even if it means facing Mohammed Ghori on the battlefield. The war takes place in Tarain, where Prithviraj Chauhan emerges victorious. Mohammed Ghori is caught but Prithviraj Chauhan frees him. Meanwhile, Prithviraj Chauhan falls in love with Sanyogita (Manushi Chillar), the Princess of Kannauj. She too falls in love with him, although they have never met. However, they do write letters and send each other gifts, and that’s where love happens. Sanyogita’s father Jaichand (Ashutosh Rana) is jealous of Prithviraj Chauhan. He feels he is the rightful heir to the throne of Delhi. However, Prithviraj Chauhan is elected to sit on the throne. Jaichand then organizes a Yagna and Sanyogita’s Swayamvar. The invitation extends to all kings, but not to Prithviraj Chauhan. However, Prithviraj Chauhan arrives in Kannauj and flees with Sanyogita. A humiliated Jaichand decides to take revenge. He sends an invitation to Mohammed Ghori asking him to help him defeat Prithviraj Chauhan. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
SAMRAT PRITHVIRAJ is based on Prithviraj Raso written by Chand Vardai. The story is powerful and inspiring. The screenplay by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is decent. He has incorporated some very entertaining and dramatic scenes. The dialogues of Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi are weak.
The direction of Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is fine. He managed the size very well and some scenes are exceptionally executed. It’s obvious that he gave everything for this project. A few developments, however, give a déjà vu from films like BAJIRAO MASTANI PADMAAVAT PANIPAT  etc. The pacing is decent, but in some places the narration moves quite quickly. This is especially the case in the second half, where the second battle of Tarain just isn’t shown, hampering the action.
SAMRAT PRITHVIRAJ begins on an intriguing note. Akshay Kumar’s entry will leave you stunned. The first battle of Tarain is worth a gossip. The film then drops off nicely during the pause point and picks up again. In the second half, the sequence in which Prithviraj Chauhan asks Sanyogita to sit next to her in the durbar is captivating. The climax is really worth applause.
Home Secretary Amit Shah is full of praise for Samrat Prithviraj with Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chhillar
Akshay Kumar looks quite dashing and his performance in the ghazni portions is great. In the rest of the scenes, his performance is subdued but effective. Manushi Chhillar makes a confident debut. It looks stunning and performs decently. Sonu Sood (Chand Vardai) is excellent in a supporting role. Sanjay Dutt (Kaka) plays an interesting character who turns out to be a caricature. Manav Vij is excellent as an antagonist. Ashutosh Rana is reliable. Sakshi Tanwar (Jaichand’s wife) is fine. Manoj Joshi leaves his mark with a cameo. Anshuman Singh and Radha Bhatt get no leeway.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is not alluring. Also, there are far too many songs in the film. ‘Hari Har’ is the only song that stands out. It adds to the hilarity and is quite catchy. ‘Hadd Kar De’ and ‘yoddha’ were shot very well. ‘Makhmali’ is nothing special. The background music by Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara has a cinematic feel.
Manushnandan’s cinematography is top notch. Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray’s production design is detailed and realistic. The action from Franz Spillhaus and Parvez Sheikh is bloodless and adds to the entertainment factor. Sanjeev Rajsingh Parmar’s costumes are royal and authentic. yfx’s VFX conform to global standards. Aarif Sheikh’s cut is decent, but too fast in the second half.
Overall, SAMRAT PRITHVIRAJ is an inspiring and entertaining saga about one of the greatest kings in Indian history. At the box office, business will escalate from Day 2 and has the potential to post impressive numbers.