NEW DELHI: The upcoming historical film ‘Prithviraj’, which will star Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the legendary king Prithviraj Chauhan, will be based on the epic poem ‘Prithviraj Raso’ by Chand Bardai.

The highly anticipated movie’s director Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who has a fascination to adapt movies from path-breaking books, recently revealed that the epic ‘Prithviraj Raso’ is the inspiration behind ‘Prithviraj’. Revealing details about the movie, he said, “Prithviraj is also based mainly on medieval literature, an epic called ‘Prithviraj Raso’ by the great poet Chand Bardai. Apart from a couple of versions of Raso, there are many other literary works on Prithviraj. In addition to these, there are commentaries on Raso.”

Dwivedi said that for ‘Prithviraj’ he had to deep dive into research on the king. He shared, “I get involved in exhaustive research as I enjoy the process of entering the unknown and unexplored world of great heroes of India and their times. It is like having a dialogue with these great characters in their times. I am sure most of the writers must have experienced this strange phenomenon.”

Speaking about the research process, he added, “Apart from the story, I love to research art, archaeology, costumes, material culture, and available historical data. In other words, I love to do archaeological exploration and excavation in the pages of a literary work or historical fiction to recreate the era and personalities of its time. This gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction as an artist who loves to paint cinema’s canvas with lights and camera.”

The filmmaker believes that the stories of great warriors like that of Prithviraj are extremely relevant in today’s times where good is constantly locked in a battle with evil. He said, “I do not make characters like Prithviraj to make them relevant for young viewers. I choose them as my subject for cinema as they are relevant for our times and all times to come. They are shining bright stars in the galaxy of great historical characters which will inspire many generations to come.”

Bankrolled by Yash Raj Films, ‘Prithviraj’ will be based on the life of the mighty King Prithviraj Chauhan. While Akshay will be seen essaying the role of the legendary warrior who fought valiantly against the merciless Muhammad of Ghor, Manushi Chhillar will make her debut in the role of Prithviraj’s wife, Sanyogita.