Samrat Prithviraj is a 2022 Indian language action movie directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi and produced by Yash Raj Films. The movie is based on Prithviraj Raso, a masterpiece of Braj language about the life of Prithviraj Chauhan, a king of the Chahamana clan. It includes Akshay Kumar as Prithviraj Chauhan, while Manushi Chhillar begins her Hindi movie starring Sanyogita. The movie also plays Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Manav Vij, Ashutosh Rana, and Sakshi Tanwar in other important roles.
Much has been said about “Samrat Prithviraj,” which includes acting selections, historical inaccuracies, and controversial statements made during the film’s promotion. It would not make sense to re-visit any of that for what we want in order to be an honest film review.
Although its main feature of promotion is that it is based on a real-life person, we prefer to view it as a stand-alone story, with no connection to history. And when we turn to do that, what we find is a flawless narrative that undermines the ability of the good characters. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t as good as it could have been. Now, know about Samrat Prithviraj movie.
Samrat Prithviraj: Synopsis
In 1192 CE in Ghazni, Afghanistan Prithviraj is captured by Muhammad Ghori who forced him to fight three lions. The blind British is able to kill them all but faint from weakness.
The story then goes back to Kannauj a few years ago when Princess Sanyogita, Jayachand’s daughter, fell in love with Prithviraj Chauhan who ruled Ajmer. In Ajmer, Prithviraj approaches Mir Hossain, Ghori’s brother. Ghori and Hossain were brothers, but there was a division between them because Hossain ran with Chitralekha, a dancer in Ghori’s kingdom, as they were both in love. Prithviraj assures Hossain that he will help him and bring him into his kingdom.
This action infuriates Ghori and he decides to attack Ajmer if Prithviraj does not retaliate against Hossain. Ghori sends Qutb al-Din Aibak to Ajmer. Prithviraj rejects Ghori’s request. As Aibak warns him, Prithviraj accepts the need for war. This results in the First Tarain War when Prithviraj and Kaka Kanha, Chand Bardai, and their men were able to defeat Ghori’s army, but Mir Hossain was killed in battle. Meanwhile, Ghori was abducted by Prithviraj, but he was released a few days later.
Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan has been appointed governor of Delhi. This upsets Jayachand. He warns that the consequences of this action will not be good. Jayachand decides to organize the Svayamvara of Sanyogita and Rajasuya Yagya to expand his empire. He also sent an invitation to Prithviraj, requesting Delhi’s 50 percent control, which Prithviraj refused. Jayachand decides to make a statue of Prithviraj at the door of his empire, as he had rejected the invitation and as is customary if someone rejected the invitation the template could fill that person’s position.
As the svayamvara begins, Sanyogita decides to place the varmala on the Prithviraj statue. This upsets Jayachand. He decides to punish his daughter, but soon Prithviraj approaches his army and takes Sananyogita as she had chosen Prithviraj as her husband. An angry Jayachand decides to attack Prithviraj but is stopped by his advisers. Prithviraj and Sanyogita soon got married according to custom. A few days later, Jayachand sends his army to attack some fortresses under Prithviraj.
His army soon captured Gaudpur Fort. While Prithviraj, Sanyogita, Chand Bardai, and others were outside, Kaka Kanha and Prithviraj’s army decided to recapture the fortress of Gaudpur. They succeeded in restoring the fort, but Kaka Kanha and many other Chauhan men were killed in battle. Prithviraj decides to attack Jayachand but soon reverses the decision, as Kaka Kanha’s last wish for Prithviraj was to forgive Jayachand. Later, Prithviraj decides to give equal status to Sanyogita at his darbar. The decision was challenged by some members of the darbar, but Prithviraj was soon able to secure their approval by telling them about the importance of women in society.
Jayachand decides to contact Muhammad Ghori through a dealer and ask him to arrest Prithviraj. In exchange, he will give whatever Ghori wants. Ghori sends Aibak to Delhi. Aibak asks Prithviraj to work under Ghori’s regime or to prepare for another war. Prithviraj accepts the offer of war with Ghori. This results in the Second World War in Tarain. As the war progresses, Ghori’s army declines. Ghori then decided to attack Prithviraj at night while his army was asleep.
Ghori’s army succeeded in defeating the Prithviraj army and captured Prithviraj, returning him to Ghazni. As Ghori’s army approaches Delhi, Sanyogita and other Rajput women perform the Jauhar (mass suicide by assassination). Ghori refuses to give Prithviraj to Jayachand, leaving him in a state of shock and fear of losing Ajmer and his daughter.
Now Delhi is ruled by Gori men. As Prithviraj is kidnapped by Ghori, Ghori asks his men to remove Prithviraj’s eyes and thus blind him. Prithviraj is forced to fight the lions but soon defeats them. He then asked Ghori that if anyone wanted to attack him he should first call his name to attack and Chand Bardai should be allowed to help him with his words and poems. Prithviraj soon faints. The next day, the blind Prithviraj is given seven chances to save his life and his army.
Ghori’s men concluded that Prithviraj would be given 7 arrows and a bow and that if he could kill one man in the 7th group he would be released. Prithviraj rejects the request and asks Ghori to be given only one chance, with one arrow, and Ghori himself has to face face to face in order to kill him. Ghori accepted the situation and confronted Prithviraj on the battlefield.
As Ghori approaches Prithviraj, Chand Bardai sings poetry to Prithviraj. Inspired by the poem Prithviraj and shooting an arrow at Muhammad Ghori’s neck, he killed him instantly. Chand Bardai jumps on Prithviraj to hug him, but both are killed by arrows shot by Ghori’s men. Prithviraj men were released on parole. The Prithviraj men took the bodies of Chauhan and Bardai to perform a ceremonial burial.
The film concludes with a note informing us that Prithviraj Chauhan was the last Hindu emperor of Delhi before the Islamic Conquest of Hindustan. As India gained independence in 1947, Prithviraj Chauhan’s death was liberated.
Samrat Prithviraj Ending Explained: What Happened At The End?
According to the movie, Ghori wins the second battle with the Prithviraj by cunningly killing his troops in the dark. Prithviraj, Chand Vardai, and some of his soldiers are taken away captive. The king is blinded by Ghori as punishment. But before we talk more about Sultan’s cruelty to our hero, can we just say that Manav Vij does this role well? Bollywood has always portrayed the rulers of a particular religion in a barbaric light, but the restraint and style that the actor brings to it make him a very popular character in the movie.
At the end of the film, Prithviraj challenges Ghori to a battle in which he says that he will be able to kill Ghori and, in return, his people should be freed. Annoyed enough, Ghori agrees. And as the epic progressed, Prithviraj’s sense of hearing and his fighting skills were so sharp that he lowered Sultan Muhamed of Ghori on his own.
Samrat Prithviraj and Chand Vardai were shot dead by the Sultan’s army, but according to their word, they released the prisoners, and both Rajput men received a hero’s farewell. And that concludes the story of Prithviraj, the last Hindu emperor of Delhi.