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Panipat: Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt to work with Ashutosh Gowarikar. Here’s everything you need to know

While Ashutosh Gowarikar and Sanjay Dutt have worked together in Naam, it is the first time that the director will team up with Arjun Kapoor. Panipat will also be Arjun’s first with Sanjay Dutt. More details inside.

bollywood Updated: Mar 14, 2018 12:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Sanjay Dutt and Arjun Kapoor will be seen alongside Kriti Sanon in Panipat.

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar has roped in Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon for his upcoming film, Panipat. The project was announced Wednesday, along with a teaser poster. Gowarikar, who is known for his period dramas, will base his film on the third battle of Panipat. The Third Battle of Panipat took place in 1761.

Sanjay Dutt tweeted the first poster and wrote, “Looking forward to be a part of this one #Panipat @agpplofficial #sunitagowariker @AshGowariker @visionworldfilm #rohitshelatkar @arjunk26 @kritisanon #PanipatTeaserPoster”

The filmmaker also tweeted: “Historical dramas have always fascinated me. This time it is a story about what led to the Third Battle of #Panipat. Here’s the first Teaser Poster!! @agpplofficial #sunitagowariker @visionworldfilm @rohitshelatkar @duttsanjay @arjunk26 @kritisanon #PanipatTeaserPoster”

The third battle of Panipat was fought between the northern expeditionary force of the Maratha Empire and the invading forces of the King of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali, supported by two Indian allies - the Rohilla Afghans of the Doab and Shuja-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh.

On the casting, Gowariker said in a statement: “I have shared screen space with Sanjay in Naam, which was a memorable co-acting experience and now it will be great to direct such a versatile and immensely talented actor as him.”

“What impresses me most about Arjun, apart from his fine performances - is his dynamism. He has played double roles twice, and he has portrayed an action hero as well as a lover boy,” the filmmaker said about Arjun, adding that his female lead is both a good performer and beautiful. ““I needed someone really beautiful as well as a good performer, and Kriti is both. The eclectic combination of these three is a first for me, and I look forward to this exciting journey with them called ‘Panipat’,” he said.

Kriti also shared the poster and wrote, “Proud to be a part of the recounting of bravery, passion and patriotism in the Third Battle of #Panipat. Here’s the first Teaser Poster. @agpplofficial #sunitagowariker @AshGowariker @visionworldfilm #rohitshelatkar @arjunk26 @duttsanjay #PanipatTeaserPoster.”

Panipat is scheduled to hit theatres December 6, 2019.

There have been three Battles of Panipat: Babur defeated Ibrahim Lodi of the Lodi dynasty and established the Mughal Empire in 1526 in the first one while the second battle of Panipat (1556) saw Hemu being defeated by Bairam Khan.

Talking about Arjun and Kirti, he further told the tabloid, “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. I needed someone who is beautiful and a good performer (for the female lead). 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 was Hrithik Roshan-Pooja Hegde-starrer Mohenjo Daro which proved to be a box office dud. Arjun, on the other hand, featured in the hit film Mubarakaan. Sanjay Dutt, however, could not impress at the box office with his comeback film, Bhoomi.

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First Published: Mar 14, 2018 09:46 IST