Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar; First Look of Prithviraj (Picture Credit: YRF)
On April 2, 2020, Ajay Devgn is popping 51. This is wishing the multi-faceted, versatile star of our technology (to not point out, two-time Nationwide award winner) Many Many Blissful Returns of the Day. Ajay Devgn goes by among the best phases of his profession, along with his latest movie, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, turning out to be the largest hit of 2020, incomes greater than Rs 200 crore on the field workplace. He was to be seen subsequent in a cameo in Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi, directed by Rohit Shetty. However that film has been indefinitely postponed attributable to Coronavirus lockdown. Rs 400 Crore Plus? That is The Loss Bollywood May Incur In The First Quarter Of 2020, After Sooryavanshi’s Postponement.
Now as you could be understanding, Akshay Kumar goes to play the lead in one other historic after Kesari in YRF’s Prithviraj. The film depicts the legendary love story of king Prithviraj Chauhan and princess Samyukta, with Akshay taking up Prithviraj’s position and Manushi Chillar making her big-screen debut as Samyukta. The film is being directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Prithviraj: Karni Sena Halts Akshay Kumar’s Movie’s Shoot, Calls for Assurance That Historic Info Will not Be Tampered.
However do you know that some 15 years again, Ajay Devgn was to play Prithviraj Chauhan in a film, and it was Dwivedi who threw a spanner in that growth?
In 2004, Rajkumar Santoshi, who directed Devgn in Lajja and Khakee, had introduced that he can be making Prithviraj Samyukta, primarily based on the identical love story. Whereas Ajay was to play Prithviraj, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was pencilled to tackle the position of Samyukta (she was later going to get replaced with a newcomer).
The film, nevertheless, acquired shelved, the explanation for which Santoshi revealed in a 2007 interview to Hindustan Occasions. Apparently, Sunny Deol was additionally concerned in making a movie on the identical topic. Guess who the director of that film was – Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi of Chanakya fame! The humorous half is Sunny’s venture additionally ultimately didn’t take off. Dwivedi later directed him within the controversial Mohalla Assi, and is now reviving his dream venture with Akshay.
Santoshi and Deol had earlier burnt their fingers by making movies on the identical real-life determine – Bhagat Singh – and releasing it on the identical day, just for each motion pictures to flop. Ajay Devgn performed Bhagat Singh in Santoshi’s movie, and received the Nationwide Award for the Finest Actor.
Within the HT interview, Santoshi mentioned of Prithviraj Samyukta, “After I heard that Chandraprakash Dwivedi and Sunny Deol had been additionally planning Prithviraj Samyukta, I shelved my movie. I didn’t desire a repeat of Bhagat Singh.” Santoshi does have a checkered historical past of asserting some very excessive profile initiatives just for the film to both get shelved instantly, like Energy, or deserted after taking pictures, like Randeep Hooda’s ill-fated Battle of Saragarhi.
Which reminds us of one other ‘almost-clash’ when Akshay and Ajay had been each to play the leads in two movies primarily based on the Battle of Saragarhi. Nevertheless, it was Akshay’s movie, Kesari, that managed to get accomplished and launched, whereas Devgn’s Sons of Sardaar stays shelved, with the actor shifting on to Tanhaji.
Each the celebs are actually superb pals and are doing their bit (together with Ranveer Singh) to broaden Rohit Shetty’s cop universe.