In order to prepare for their roles, Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chhillar said they watched a lot of ‘Prithviraj Raso.’
To comprehend the life and daredevilry of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, actor Akshay Kumar and debutante Manushi Chhillar rely largely on ‘Prithviraj Raso,’ an epic poem composed by Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan’s court poet Chand Bardai.
Akshay says: “When you set out to make a historical like Prithviraj, which is based on the life and daredevilry of a mighty warrior who gave up his life to protect his motherland and countrymen, you need to be absolutely sure that you are being authentic to his life and times.”
“I was delighted that I was collaborating with a revered historian like Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi ji, who has shown with his earlier works that his research and mastery over Indian history is flawless.”
He went on to say that the director gave him the “amazing Prithviraj Raso,” a Brajbhasha epic poem on the life of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, during their early talks on the project.
“This book, written by Chand Bardai, who was a court poet of the Samrat, became the cornerstone of my prep. for the project. It was an eye opener for me to read this book as I understood the life philosophies of the Samrat and it became invaluable research material that I kept referring to throughout the shooting of the film.”
Manushi says, “My director, Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi gifted me Prithviraj Raso and told me that if I want to understand the life and times of the mighty Samrat, I should read this. The book became an invaluable source material for me to understand the mind of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan and his life journey with Princess Sanyogita.”
“I think I could prep. thoroughly because I always had Prithviraj Raso to refer to.”
Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi directed the film ‘Prithviraj.’
The film will be released in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu on June 3rd.