Chandraprakash Dwivedi and Akshay Kumar serve us a tedious and overly talky historical epic

Posted on June 4, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

What we want is an action-packed epic. What we get is a series of monologues and dialogues, occasionally interrupted by action. 

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Chandraprakash Dwivedi is best known for his 1991/92 series Chanakya, which was telecast on Doordarshan. It was a talky affair, but then, that was the entire point of the narrative. Chanakya was not a warrior. He was a teacher, a philosopher, a strategist – so the monologue- and dialogue-filled approach fit right in. The same approach backfires in the filmmaker’s Samrat Prithviraj. What we want is an action-packed epic. What we get is a series of monologues and dialogues, occasionally interrupted by action. We get lines about honour, about feminism, more lines about honour and feminism, even more lines about honour and feminism – everything is repeated endlessly. Even the story behind the Sanjay Dutt character’s Gandhari-like blindfold is told to us rather than shown. Why not stage this as a scene, rather than simply narrating it? Or take this example. Yes, maybe you have to explain to today’s audience what the Rajasuya Yagna is, but can’t it be done through – say – the kind of animation we see during the opening credits? All we get is an information dump, the oral equivalent of a Wikipedia page.

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