Akshay Kumar’s first historical drama Prithviraj has got its leading lady in former Miss World Manushi Chhillar. The beauty pageant winner, who is set to enter Bollywood with the project, is elated to be “chosen by a production house like Yash Raj Films as their heroine.”
“It is a huge honour to have been chosen by a production house like Yash Raj Films as their heroine. I am thoroughly happy and thrilled about the learnings that I will have through this journey. My life, so far, has been a fairy tale. From becoming Miss India and then Miss World to now getting such a big project as my debut film, it’s like a new, exciting chapter of my life,’ Manushi said in a statement.
Here’s to auspicious beginnings 🙏 Stepping into the world of #Prithviraj. In theatres #Diwali2020!
Need your love and best wishes as always. @ManushiChhillar #DrChandraprakashDwivedi @yrf pic.twitter.com/w3KQh4NhPe
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 15, 2019
Titled Prithviraj, the film is based on the 12th century Indian monarch Prithviraj Chauhan. While Akshay will essay the titular role, Manushi will play the role of Prithiviraj’s wife Sanyogita. The film will be helmed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, known for writing and directing 1991 television epic series Chanakya and Urmila Matondkar starrer 2003 film Pinjar.
Excited about bagging the role in Prithviraj, Manushi added, “It is a huge responsibility to play princess Sanyogita. She was a powerful personality and she stood up for what is right and took the most important decisions of her life by herself. Her life is an extremely important chapter in Indian history and I will try my best to play her as accurately as possible.”
— Manushi Chhillar (@ManushiChhillar) November 15, 2019
Manushi is a trained Kuchipudi dancer.
Talking about casting Manushi for the role of Sanyogita, director Chandraprakash Dwivedi said, “We auditioned a lot of young, fresh faces for the role because we were looking for a stunningly gorgeous Indian heroine. While Sanyogita was an incredibly beautiful person, she was also a strong, confident girl. We were looking to find someone who could match the magnetic persona of Sanyogita and we found that in Manushi. She auditioned for the role a couple of times because we wanted to be dead sure with this casting and she nailed it each time. She has been rehearsing six days a week since then and she is being thoroughly groomed for the last 9 months by YRF.”
Prithiviraj is scheduled to hit theaters around Diwali 2020.