Samrat Prithviraj’ movie review: Disappointing Akshay Kumar stars in dreary period piece

Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s film seeks to revive cultural nationalism, 

 For all the political surround sound around  Samrat Prithviraj, the film comes across as a harmless

but dreary period piece that neither does justice to its source nor its subject.

The Chandraprakash Dwivedi film seeks to revive cultural nationalism,

but doesn’t serve the purpose of those who wish to reap the past for a political harvest.

Dwivedi has refrained from underlining Prithviraj Chauhan’s (Akshay Kumar) battles with Mohammad Ghori (Manav Vij) as a war of civilisations. 

Instead, the director has focused on the fact that when personal becomes political, it has far-reaching consequences.

The soldiers of Prithviraj repeatedly invoke Mahadev, but there are no religious war cries from the Mohammad Ghori camp.

 There is a reference to Mahmud Ghazni’s destruction of Somnath Temple, but Prithviraj quickly separates an individual plunderer from a religious community.