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Would be lying if I said I have done a lot of hard work for Prithviraj: Akshay Kumar


Directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the film is based on the 12th-century ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. 

Akshay Kumar in Prithviraj

Keyur Seta

During various interactions and interviews, Akshay Kumar would always state that he relies on directors to get into character instead of doing in-depth preparations. Apparently, nothing has changed in the case of his upcoming historical epic Prithviraj.

Directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the film is based on the life of the 12th-century ruler Prithviraj Chauhan.

At the trailer launch of the film, when Akshay was asked if he had to unlearn anything in order to play a real historical character, he replied, “Unlearn kya hai? Woh kya hota hai? [What is unlearning]” 

When he was told the meaning of the word, he stated, “I just followed my director. Whatever he used to ask me to do or say in a particular way, I have learnt from him. I hadn’t brought anything from my side into the film. I didn’t unlearn or anything. I just used to come and listen to him and perform. If I said I have done a lot of hard work, it would be a lie.” 

Akshay was over the moon when he was offered the film. “When I was told that I have to play Prithviraj Chauhan, it was a big honour for me,” he said. “At that time, I felt my life was worth it. So I would like to thank Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi ji. I would also like to thank Adi [Aditya] Chopra [the head honcho of Yash Raj Films] for taking up the task of producing this film.” 

Produced and distributed by Yash Raj Films, Prithviraj will be released in theatres on 3 June.