‘Samrat Prithviraj’ director Chandraprakash Dwivedi blames the lead actor Akshay Kumar for the Box Office failure of the movie.
Produced on a massive budget of Rs 300 crore, the film only managed to earn around Rs 80 crore in India. The director of the film Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi opened up about the failure of the film.
The director revealed that Akshay was never the first choice for the film and the film was written keeping in mind Sunny Deol and not Akshay. Dwivedi did not expect the film to do so bad at the ticket window and has been upset with the response film has got.
According to the report in National Herald, the filmmaker blamed Akshay for the failure of the film. The source was quoted saying, “He wouldn’t listen. The film required a dedicated concentration. He wouldn’t even grow a real moustache, as he was doing other project simultaneously. When playing someone so historically important, why couldn’t he have done just this one project, and given his best to it?”.
The director of the title Dwivedi hints that the controversies of the main lead and his latest Pan Masala endorsement might be the reason of the debacle.
Dwivedi stated that Akshay’s ‘past behaviour’ and ‘public comments’ might have turned audiences against him. Indirectly he also indicated that his ‘Pan Masala endorsement and the controversy have subsequently resulted’ in the failure of ‘Samrat Prithviraj’.
He also said that the movie failed as it was politically targeted by the audience.