'Samrat Prithviraj' Director Reportedly Blames Akshay Kumar For Its Box-Office Failure: 'He Wouldn’t Listen'

Akshay Kumar starrer historical drama Samrat Prithviraj was one of the biggest flops of 2022 and was made on a huge budget of Rs. 300 crore. The movie managed to garner around Rs. 100 crore at the box office, incurring huge losses for the makers and producers. Samrat Prithviraj had been surrounded by controversies even before its release and these factors might have added to the film’s under performance at the BO.

The movie’s director Chandraprakash Dwivedi had earlier said that he did not agree with Kumar’s statement that King Prithviraj was underrepresented in text books, he also said that it was really unfair how people boycotted the movie because of Kumar’s comments.

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According to a report by, National Herald, the makers and directors of Samrat Prithviraj are balming Akshay Kumar for the failure of the movie. A source told the publication, “He (Akshay) wouldn’t listen. The film required a dedicated concentration. He wouldn’t even grow a real moustache, as he was doing other projects simultaneously. When playing someone so historically important, why couldn’t he have done just this one project, and given his best to it?”

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Earlier in an interview with Film Companion, Chandraprakash Dwivedi said that it wasn’t right that people boycotted the movie because of Akshay’s past controversies. He said, “See, it’s not like you don’t have the right to reject an actor but he’s been working for 30 years so you know his capabilities.”

He added, “Akshay Kumar has done the role to the best of his potential. He is not the first actor whose performance the audience hasn’t liked but to boycott him for his acting as Prithviraj makes no sense; boycotting his film due to things he has done in the past, such as promoting paan masala or saying that one shouldn’t give Lord Shiva milk, makes no sense because these matters have nothing to do with the movie at all.”


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