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Sonu Sood to play warrior Sadashiv Bhau in Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

Atul Kulkarni will also play a major role in director Krish's period drama. 

Suparna Thombare

While Kangana Ranaut has been busy learning horse-riding, and training in sword fighting and other skills that are required to play the role of the Rani of Jhansi in her forthcoming film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, the rest of the cast has been coming together. 

Sonu Sood has been tapped to play the role of Maratha warrior Sadashiv Bhau (son of Chimaji appa and nephew of Peshwa Bajirao I) in the historical drama, to be directed by Krish. The actor has already begun his preparation for the film. 

In a statement, Sood said, "It’s challenging to play a real-life character because you know that it existed in the history and you have certain parameters to follow and stay within. I’m sure when you’re working with a brilliant director like Krish, a huge ensemble and a brilliant technical team, there is no way to go wrong. So we are all on our toes to give our best."

Sood has played roles in period films like Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and Shaheed-E-Azam (2002) earlier.

Atul Kulkarni has also been roped in to play the role of Ramchandra Pandurang Tope or Tatya Tope in the film. Kulkarni too has started training in sword-fighting as he will be performing the stunts himself. 

“This is something I’ve never done before. I am doing all my sword fighting stunts myself. My body-double hired to do the stunts just sits around on the sets doing nothing,” he had told IANS a few days back.

Other known names in the cast include Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkaribai and Suresh Oberoi as Peshwa Bajirao II.

The film has been written by Vijayendra Prasad, who has previously penned the scripts of hit films like Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015). Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will compose the music and Prasoon Joshi is pennning the lyrics.

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is slated to be released on 28 April 2018.