Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi has helmed some incredibly reviewed projects like Pinjar, Mohalla Assi and also directed the iconic television show Chanakya. Clearly, he has a fascination to adapt from path-breaking books and create equally brilliant cinema. The film-maker is busy with his next, Prithviraj, starring Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chhillar and on World Book Day, he revealed that the movie is based on the medieval epic, Prithviraj Raso.
Yash Raj Films is making its biggest historical movie, Prithviraj, which is based on the life and heroism of the fearless and mighty King Prithviraj Chauhan. Superstar Akshay Kumar is essaying the role of the legendary warrior who fought valiantly against the merciless Muhammad of Ghor. The ethereally gorgeous Manushi plays the role of his beloved Sanyogita and her launch is definitely one of the most awaited debuts of 2021.
Prithviraj is also based mainly on medieval literature, an epic called ‘Prithviraj Raso’ by the great poet Chand Bardai. Apart from a couple of versions of Raso, there are many other literary works on Prithviraj, his life, and times. In addition to these there are commentaries on Raso,” Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi reveals.
I get involved in exhaustive research as I enjoy the process of entering the unknown and unexplored world of great heroes of India and their times. It is like having a dialogue with these great characters in their times. I am sure most of the writers must have experienced this strange phenomenon.
Apart from the story, I love to research art, archaeology, costumes, material culture, and available historical data. In other words, I love to do archaeological exploration and excavation in the pages of a literary work or historical fiction to recreate the era and personalities of its time. This gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction as an artist who loves to paint cinema’s canvas with lights and camera.
The filmmaker believes that the stories of great warriors are extremely relevant in today’s times where good is constantly locked in a battle with evil. He said he does not make characters like Prithviraj to make them relevant for young viewers, instead chooses them as his subject for cinema as they are relevant for the present times and all times to come. I surely am excited about this movie and can’t wait to watch it!