Ashutosh Gowariker’s upcoming period film, Panipat, went on floors on Friday. The film, based on the Third Battle of Panipat fought between the Maratha army and invading Afghan forces, stars Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt. Arjun and Kriti have started shooting for their scenes while Dutt — who is juggling multiple projects including the Hindi remake of Prasthanam, the partition drama Kalank and the action-adventure film Shamshera — is expected to join them soon.
In Panipat, Arjun Kapoor plays the role of Senapati Sadashiv Rao Bhau, the commander-in-chief of the Marathi army. Kriti Sanon portrays his second wife, Parvati Bai, and Sanjay Dutt essays the role of Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founder of the Durrani Empire and the King of Afghanistan. The Third Battle of Panipat was fought on January 14, 1761, and is historically recorded as one of the most significant battles fought in the 18th century, in which the Marathas lost suzerainty over Punjab till north of the Sutlej river to the Afghans.
Gowariker’s last directorial venture was the Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde-starrer Mohenjo Daro (2016), which did not fare well at the box-office. Panipat is scheduled to release on December 6, 2019.
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