On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court dismissed a complaint filed against Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s film Samrat Prithviraj, alleging that the ruler is shown as a Rajput king rather than a Gurjar king.
The development occurred after counsels for the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the film’s producer indicated explicitly before the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta that the film makes no reference to the titular character’s caste.
Gurjar Samaj Sarv Sangthan Sabha Ekta Samanya Samiti filed the petition through Advocate Rakesh Kumar.
It was alleged that because the film is based on a text that describes Prithviraj Chauhan as a Gurjar warrior, portraying him as a Rajput King in the film is incorrect.
He cited various articles and discussions, including the Wikipedia entry reportedly supported by the film’s makers, to establish that the ruler is depicted as a Rajput in the film.
During today’s hearing, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma and the lawyer representing YRF argued that the film is caste neutral and that the characters in the film, including Prithviraj Chauhan’s, are not portrayed as Rajputs or Gurjars.
It was also claimed that the production company merely produced and distributed the film’s poster, which does not specify the ruler’s caste, and that other uploads on various websites claiming Prithviraj Chauhan as a Rajput King were not made by them.
At this point, the Court inquired as to why the Respondents should not be ordered to issue a statement indicating that Prithviraj Chauhan was not a Rajput King.
Yash Raj Films’ counsel, on the other hand, argued that the studio wishes to show it as an Indian film and has purposefully kept it caste-neutral.
The Petitioner’s counsel stated that if the film is caste-neutral, his grievance is settled, and he does not intend to pursue the case further. As a result, the plea was dismissed.
The Court made it clear, however, that the Respondents are nonetheless bound by their statement.