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Ajay Devgn confirms he will play Chanakya in Neeraj Pandey’s next film. Find out who was Chanakya

Ajay Devgn is all set to play Chanakya in Neeraj Pandey’s film. A 1991 TV show titled Chanakya, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, went on to become a critical success.

bollywood Updated: Jul 11, 2018 10:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Ajay Devgn will now essay the role of Chanakya.

Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn, who was last seen in Raid, has announced he will now play Chanakya in a film directed by Neeraj Pandey. The film will be based on 4th century BC scholar, advisor, economist and political strategist Chanakya.

Making the announcement, Ajay tweeted, “Looking forward to playing #Chanakya, a film about one of the greatest thinkers in Indian History, directed by @neerajpofficial @RelianceEnt @FFW_Official @PlanC_Studios @ShitalBhatiaFFW.”

Neeraj said in a press statement, “I have been developing this film on Chanakya for some time now. It is an exciting work of passion for me, and I am sure audiences will love Ajay’s portrayal of the visionary genius.”

“I am truly looking forward to playing Chanakya. I have observed Neeraj Pandey’s work closely and I know Neeraj will tell this story with the clarity and passion that it needs to be told,” Ajay added. Reliance Entertainment is producing the film. The release date and the rest of the cast is yet to be finalised.

Who was Chanakya?

Chanakya is said to have played a major role in establishing the Chandragupta Maurya dynasty and is credited to have written epic books like Chanakya Niti and Arthshashtra. Also identified as Vishnugupta and Kautilya, he lived in 371 BC in India and is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India. His work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics.

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First Published: Jul 11, 2018 10:13 IST