Prithviraj (film)

Prithviraj is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language historical action drama film directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi and produced by Yash Raj Films.[3] The film is based on life of Prithviraj Chauhan. It features Akshay Kumar as Prithviraj Chauhan, while Manushi Chhillar makes her Hindi film debut by playing his beloved wife Sanyogita.[4] The film also stars Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana, Sakshi Tanwar, Manav Vij and Lalit Tiwari in other important characters.[5]

Directed byChandraprakash Dwivedi
Written byChandraprakash Dwivedi
Produced byAditya Chopra
StarringAkshay Kumar
Manushi Chhillar
Sanjay Dutt
Sonu Sood
Edited byNamrata Rao
Music byShankar–Ehsaan–Loy[1]
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 5 November 2021 (2021-11-05)[2]

An official motion poster of the film was released by Yash Raj Films on 9 September 2020, for making its official declaration and revealing that it will release in cinemas on Diwali 2020.[6] Principal photography began in Jaipur on 15 November 2019, but was suspended in March 2020 owing to COVID-19 pandemic in India, due to which the film was indefinitely postponed.[7] The shoot resumed in October 2020 at YRF Studios,[8] and it is now scheduled to release in theatres on 5 November 2021 coinciding with Diwali.[2]

The film is based on Prithviraj Raso, a Braj Bhasha epic poem about the life of Prithviraj Chauhan.[9][10]




Chandraprakash Dwivedi had completed script for Prithviraj in 2010, and his first choice for Prithviraj's role was Sunny Deol, with Aishwarya Rai as Sanyogita.[11] However, due to Deol's date issues and no production house interest, he left the project and it was almost shelved, but Dwivedi wanted to still make Prithviraj and after struggling for many years in finding a producer to come on board for him, Yash Raj Films came to his rescue in 2018, thus reviving the film.[13]

In March 2019, Akshay Kumar confirmed that he has been roped in to star as Prithviraj.[12] And finally, the film's official announcement was made on Kumar's 52nd birthday, i.e. 9 September 2019 with a motion poster released by Yash Raj Films on social media.[14]


Manushi Chhillar is making her Bollywood debut and has replaced Rai as Sanyogita.[13] Sanjay Dutt and Manav Vij have been cast for villainous roles.[16] Later, Sonu Sood and Sakshi Tanwar also joined the cast.[15][17] It also stars Lalit Tiwari, Ajoy Chakraborty, Govind Pandey and Deependra Singh in supporting roles.[18] The film is Chhillar's first movie of a three-film deal contract with Yash Raj Films, which will be followed by a Vijay Krishna Acharya-directed comedy film co-starring Vicky Kaushal.[20]


Principal photography commenced on 15 November 2019 at Jamwaramgarh, Jaipur, Rajasthan, and a song was shot in January 2020, but the filming was stopped in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus lockdown in India ordered by Indian government owing to COVID-19 pandemic.[7]

Ahead of the 2020 monsoon season, sets created in Rajasthan were taken down because the cost of maintaining them during the coronavirus lockdown was too high.[22] With no filming expected to take place before the monsoon season, the two sets erected in Dahisar (one of a palace and one of an arena made for an action sequence) were destroyed and instead an indoor set was decided to be set up, for resumption of filming.[23]

Post a gap of 7 months, shooting finally restarted at YRF Studios in October 2020.[24] Kumar was spotted at the sets on 10 October 2020, while Sood and Chhillar were a part of this schedule too.[25]


The film was earlier announced for cinema release on 13 November 2020, coinciding with Diwali.[19] However, it was postponed due to production halt between March to October 2020 owing to COVID-19 pandemic.[21] The film is now scheduled to release in theatres on 5 November 2021, again coinciding with Diwali.[2]


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