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My character in Manikarnika is challenging and exciting: Nihaar Pandya

Deepika Padukone's ex-boyfriend Nihaar Pandya will be seen essaying the pivotal role of Baji Rao II opposite Kangana Ranaut.


Nihaar Pandya, who is making his Hindi film debut with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, also starring Kangana Ranaut, will be seen essaying the pivotal role of Baji Rao II.

"For me to debut as an iconic character of Baji Rao II is challenging and exciting. To get every nuance of the character perfect I underwent multiple acting workshops and an extreme makeover. The strenuous war scenes of the film required me to learn horse riding and sword fighting from Nicholas Powell, one of the best Hollywood action directors who has directed action in films like Braveheart and Gladiator," Pandya said.

Manikarnika, produced by Kamal Jain and Zee Studios and directed by Krish, will see Nihaar Pandya share screen space with acting powerhouses like Kangana Ranaut, Atul Kulkarni and Danny Denzongpa.

"I've just returned from the film's shoot in Jaipur and I'm looking forward to the next schedule," he said.

In July, Pandya had accidentally hit Ranaut's forehead with his aluminium sword, causing a deep wound.

Recalling the incident, Pandya said: "Kangana is a thorough professional.. She is different as soon as the camera is on. I'm glad she treated the accident so well and continued shooting. I was troubled more by questions thrown at me from the media. She was very accommodating and eased the situation as it was a timing issue leading to the accident."

Pandya was in a relationship with Deepika Padukone during their modelling days, but didn't make news until he bagged the Baji Rao II role in Manikarnika.