Is Aditya Chopra mad at Akshay Kumar for the box office failure of Samrat Prithviraj? Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi reacts to rumors

Samrat Prithviraj director Chandraprakash Dwivedi says his recent comments about Akshay Kumar were misinterpreted and he still stands by the star, despite the film’s infamous box office failure.

Akshay Kumar in an image by Samrat Prithviraj.

Director Samrat Prithviraj Chandraprakash Dwivedi defended Akshay Kumar amid rumors that Yash Raj Films blamed the film’s failure on the star’s perceived disinterest in the project. Produced with a reported budget of between Rs 200 crore and Rs 300 crore, the film failed to crack Rs 80 crore domestically. It’s considered one of the biggest flops of the year, and the reviews weren’t overwhelmingly friendly either.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, the filmmaker said he was supportive of his star and that his previous statements had been “twisted”. “Two days after the movie came out, I talked to a lot of people,” he said. “And I have maintained one thing – my belief in Akshay Kumar remains unshakable. I have made two more upcoming films with him – Ram Setu and Oh My God 2. I feel my words are being twisted by people. Voh apni taraf se likh rahe hain, jisse mujhe thodi pareshaani hai (People misinterpret my words, and it bothers me).

Asked about rumors that YRF leader Aditya Chopra is annoyed with Akshay for not even growing a real mustache for the film, the filmmaker said: “Aditya never said that. Is that the first time an actor wears a fake mustache? On June 2, me, Aditya and Akshay were together, and Aditya told me categorically that he was very happy with the film, and I gave him everything he wanted , and he will never say that I failed in my duty. Same for Akshay.

Earlier, in an interview with Film Companion, the director seemed move away Akshay’s comments on the under-representation of Indian rulers in history textbooks, while entire chapters are devoted to “foreign invaders”. Dwivedi said, “Now that’s what he thinks, it’s not my opinion or that of my producers.”

In a previous interview with Navbharat Times, the filmmaker discussed Samrat Prithviraj’s financial failure and said, “YRF presented this story on a grand scale. But people had a problem. I still don’t know what problem they had. The writers have done an honest job of following the historical facts. We are well aware of our storytelling responsibilities.

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