Ashu, Sanju re­unite af­ter three decades

Gowariker ex­cited about shoot­ing Pa­ni­pat with Dutt; movie likely to re­lease in De­cem­ber next year


ASHUTOSH Gowariker is look­ing for­ward to his next film, Pa­ni­pat, which is based on the Third Bat­tle of Pa­ni­pat. Star­ring San­jay Dutt, Ar­jun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon, the am­bi­tious project will go on floors by mid-2018. While the di­rec­tor is con­tent with the lead cast, he is in the process of fi­nal­is­ing the oth­ers.

“I shared screen space with San­jay in Naam (1986), which was a mem­o­rable co-act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It will be great to di­rect such a ver­sa­tile and tal­ented ac­tor. What im­presses me most about Ar­jun, apart from his fine per­for­mances, is his dy­namism. He has played dou­ble roles twice [Au­rangzeb, 2013 and Mubarakan, 2017], and has por­trayed an ac­tion hero as well as a lover boy,” says Gowariker, as he goes on to praise his lead­ing lady. “I needed some­one who is beau­ti­ful and a good per­former. The eclec­tic com­bi­na­tion of these three is a first for me, and I look for­ward to this ex­cit­ing jour­ney with them.”

The high-oc­tane ac­tion film, which is pro­duced by Gowariker’s wife, Su­nita, and Ro­hit She­latkar’s com­pany, Vi­sion World, is sched­uled to re­lease on De­cem­ber 6, 2019. Though Gowariker’s last di­rec­to­rial ven­ture, Mo­henjo Daro (2016), was a dud, She­latkar is cer­tain that the film­maker is per­fect to helm Pa­ni­pat. “Ashutosh has a tremen­dous track record. La­gaan (2001), Jod­haa Ak­bar (2008) and Swades (2004) are my favourites. I am con­fi­dent that he will rep­re­sent the sub­ject in the best cin­e­matic form,” he says.

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