The Delhi High Court on Monday turned down a request to change the title of Yash Raj Films’ ‘Prithviraj,’ which stars Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chhillar.
The petitioner’s counsel requested permission to withdraw the plea after a bench comprising Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Neena Bansal Krishna indicated it was willing to dismiss the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) with costs.
The petitioner was given unconditional permission to withdraw his plea. The petitioner, Rashtriya Pravasi Parishad, said that Samrat Prithviraj was a great ruler, and that referring to the film only as ‘Prithviraj’ offends the public’s sensibilities, and that the title should be changed to something more appropriate.
The petition recommended that the film’s title be changed to ‘Great Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan.’ It argued that it was against the Cinematograph Act to use the renowned warrior’s name without proper prefixes. The court, on the other hand, turned down the petition.
The forthcoming film is reported to be a biography of famed warrior king Prithviraj Chauhan, and the plot centres around the First Battle of Tarain, in which he fought against Muhammad Ghori’s soldiers.
Akshay had stated in a press release that the film is a tribute to the king. He said, “He is a legend, he is one of the bravest warriors and he is one of the most upright kings that our country has ever seen. We hope that Indians worldwide love our salute to this mighty braveheart. We have tried to present his life story in the most authentic way possible and the film is a homage to his unmatched bravery and courage.”
Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi directed Prithviraj, which will be released internationally on June 10, 2022. The movie was supposed to be out in January, but it was postponed owing to the constraints imposed by Covid-19. Sanjay Dutt and Sonu Sood play significant parts in the film.