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Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar to debut opposite Akshay Kumar in Prithviraj

The former Miss World will play the part of Sanyogita, one of the wives of king Prithviraj Chauhan.

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Manushi Chhillar, former Miss India and Miss World 2017, is joining the ranks of former beauty queens Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra as she enters the Hindi film industry. She will make her big-screen debut in Prithviraj (2020), opposite Akshay Kumar.

Prithviraj, directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, is the story of the warrior king Prithviraj Chauhan. Akshay plays Prithviraj while Chhillar will play the part of the princess Sanyogita, one of his wives.

Dwivedi revealed that the makers auditioned many new faces before settling on Chhillar. "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," he said in a press release.

"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 is being thoroughly groomed for the last nine months by Yash Raj Films," he added.

The newcomer, a trained Kuchipudi dancer, said she was keen to begin this new, exciting chapter of her film and felt honoured that Yash Raj Films chose her as their heroine.

"I’m thoroughly happy and thrilled about the learnings that I will have through this journey. My life, so far, has really been a fairy tale. From becoming Miss India and then Miss World to now getting such a big project as my debut film," she stated.

"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," Chhillar said of her big screen debut.

Prithviraj is due to be released on Diwali 2020.