Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor is all set to bring the valour of the Maratha warriors to the big screen. On Wednesday morning, he dropped the first teaser poster of the upcoming Ashutosh Gowariker directorial Panipat. The period drama based on the third Battle of Panipat also features Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles. AGPPL (Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd) and Vision World have collaborated for the first time to bring the movie in theatres on December 6, 2019.
There have been three Battles of Panipat in Indian History. The First Battle of Panipat was fought in 1526, in which Babur defeated Ibrahim Lodi of the Lodi dynasty and established the Mughal Empire. The Second Battle of Panipat was fought in 1556, at in which Bairam Khan defeated Hemu. The Third Battle of Panipat was fought in 1761, at which the invading Afghani forces of Ahmad Shah Durrani defeated the army of the Maratha Empire under Sadashivrao Bhau.
“I shared screen space with Sanjay Dutt in Naam (1986), which was a memorable co-acting experience. It will be great to direct such a versatile and talented actor,” Gowariker told Mid Day.
“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,” he further added.
Speaking of the female lead, he said, “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.”
Ashutosh’s last film Mohenjo Daro starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde tanked at the box office. Sanjay Dutt, too, could not impress with his comeback film, Bhoomi. Arjun, on the other hand, was last seen in the blockbuster multi-starrer Mubarakan.