New Delhi: Yash Raj Films, the producer of Akshay Kumar-starrer period drama “Samrat Prithviraj”, on Wednesday apprised the Delhi High Court that the film is completely neutral and does not mention any caste in its portrayal of the Indian king.
The stand came after a petition questioning the caste of the great king portrayed in the film. The petitioner Gurjar Samaj Sarva Sangathan Sabha Ekta Samanya Samiti, in its petition through advocate Rakesh Kumar, argued that Prithviraj Chauhan was a Gurjar warrior and it is wrong to portray him as a Rajput king in the film.
However, after taking up the arguments, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Dutta disposed of the matter.
The petitioner claimed that the film is based on the book “Prithviraj Raso”, and the book itself refers to Prithviraj Chauhan as a Gurjar warrior, and hence, it is wrong to portray him as a Rajput king in the film.
During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma, representing the Central Board of Film Certification, also submitted that Raja is not depicted as a Rajput or a Gurjar in the film.
The makers also clarified that only the poster of the film has been circulated by them and it is not describing them as Rajput or Gujjar.
To this, the petitioner submitted that if the film is caste-neutral, then his plea is disposed of and added that he does not want to pursue it further.
Recording the statement, the court also asked the defendants to stick to their statements.
Directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, the film is slated to hit the theaters on Friday.