Samrat Prithviraj director Chandraprakash Dwivedic Akshay Kumar has defended amid rumors that Yash Raj Films is assigning blame for the film’s failure to the star’s alleged disinterest in the project. Produced on a reported budget somewhere between Rs 200 crore and Rs 300 crore, the film failed to crack Rs 80 crore domestically. It’s considered one of the biggest flops of the year, and the reviews weren’t exactly friendly either.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, the filmmaker said he stands by his star, and that his previous statements have been “twisted”. “Two days after the film’s release, I spoke to a lot of people,” he said. “And I held on to one thing: my faith in Akshay Kumar remains unwavering. I’ve made two more upcoming movies with him – Ram Setu and Oh My God 2. I feel like my words are being twisted by people. Voh apni taraf se likh rahe hain, jisse mujhe thodi pareshaani hai (People misinterpret my words, and this bothers me).”
Asked about the rumors that YRF chief Aditya Chopra was annoyed at Akshay for not even growing a real mustache for the film, the filmmaker said: “Aditya never said this. Is this the first time an actor wears a fake mustache? On June 2nd, I, Aditya and Akshay were together, and Aditya told me categorically that he is very happy with the film, and I gave him whatever he wanted, and he will never say that I failed in my duty. for Akshay.”
Previously, the director appeared in an interview with Film Companion: take distance from Akshay’s comments about Indian rulers being underrepresented in history books, while whole chapters are devoted to ‘foreign invaders’. Dwivedi said: “This is what he thinks, it’s not my opinion nor the opinion of my producers.”
In an earlier interview with Navbharat Times, the filmmaker spoke about Samrat Prithviraj’s financial failure and said, “YRF has presented this story widely. But people had a problem. It’s still not clear to me what problem they had. The writers have done an honest job in following the historical facts. We are well aware of our storytelling responsibilities.”