Thu 02 June 2022:
The historical epic ‘Samrat Prithviraj’, which stars Akshay Kumar in the titular role, has been banned in Kuwait and Oman.
The film tells the story of king Prithviraj Chauhan, who fought valiantly to protect India from the merciless invader Muhammad of Ghor.
A senior trade source on conditions of anonymity said, “It is highly unfortunate that a film that is based on our glorious Hindu Samrat Prithviraj’s life and courage has been banned in some international markets like Kuwait and Oman. It seems that these countries have taken this stand in the run up to the film’s release.”
However, authorities has not disclosed a reason behind the ban. Critics have speculated that the decision hails from the film’s Islamophobic sentiments.
This Islamophobia is not restricted to terrorism alone, it spans historical revisionism as well, where the revisionistic version of Indian history is all over the place with its blatant distortions and myth-making.
Films like ‘Padmavaat’ or ‘Panipat’ portray Muslim rulers as evil, scheming and abominable and show the Hindu kings as defenders of both faith and land.
While the films perpetuate such Islamophobia, millions of Muslims in India languish in silence. Films like these create public perceptions and an atmosphere of distrust in the society, and the relentless jingoism manifests itself in places like Haridwar where Hindu radicals openly call for ethnic cleansing.
‘Samrat Prithviraj’ which has been directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, also marks the cinematic debut of Manushi Chhillar, who plays the role of Sanyogita. The film is set to release on June 3 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
SOURCE: INDEPENDENT PRESS AND NEWS AGENCIES
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