Akshay KumarSamrat Prithviraj’s epic historical film ran out of steam in his second week at the box office, and languishes around the Rs.1.85 to 2 crore mark on its eighth day of release, according to Bollywood Hungama.
The film was made on a hefty budget of Rs 200 crore through elaborate costumes, visual effects and sets, but it’s not even close to recouping the cost. The film will certainly not cross the coveted Rs 100 crore mark, let alone break even. It is estimated to make Rs 65 crore in total. So far, the film has made Rs 57 crore.
Written and directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the film is based on the 12th century Rajpur potentate, the titular Prithviraj Chauhan. Samrat Prithviraj, which takes its story from the epic poem Prithviraj Raso by Chand Bardai, also stars Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Manav Vij, Ashutosh Rana and Sakshi Tanwar.
Dwivedi said earlier that Prithviraj was a long time coming and lived with the story for 18 years before making the film.
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“Prithviraj is my dream project. It’s a storyline that I’ve nurtured for a long, long time because of the extensive research that went into it before I even tried to make a movie about this mighty and legendary king. To be precise, Prithviraj’s final research took about six months for me to be fully convinced that every fact was checked multiple times,” Dwivedi said.
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 could a director who also directed the surprisingly subversive “Mohalla Assi” come to this? (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?