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Trained, armed and ‘pretty’ dangerous: Pune’s sword-warrior girls cut to heart of Rani Laxmibai action flick

The five city girls have key roles in the upcoming biopic, ‘Manikarnika’, based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi set in the 18th century. The film is currently being shot at Ramoji Film City (RFC) Hyderabad.

pune Updated: Jul 27, 2017 16:35 IST
Tushar Rupanavar
Tushar Rupanavar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Samruddhi Jadhav, Sneha Patil, Purvi Ganjave, Samiksha Sukate and Shreya Mane are trained in swordsmanship.(HT PHOTO)

The five girls are trained in swordsmanship from Gogate club at Narayan Peth by Kundalik Kachale who is also a national javelin thrower. Samruddhi Jadhav, first year B A student of Fergusson college, Sneha Patil, Class 12 student of Sinhagad college, Purvi Ganjave, Class 10 student of Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya, Samiksha Sukate Class 10 and Shreya Mane Class 9 student of Panditrao Aagase school, are selected for scenes involving swordsmanship in the movie Manikarnika.

The movie which is set in the 18th century, is currently being shot at Ramoji Film City (RFC) Hyderabad. It is being directed by Krish and produced by Kamal Jain. Actress Kangana Ranaut will be seen as Jhansi Rani Laxmibai, along with co-star Nihar Pandya. The photography of the film began in May 2017 and the film is scheduled to release on 27 April 2018.

Kundalik Kachale said, “We have been running this Gogate club in Narayan Peth since last five years. Our focus is to train youth in traditional sports like swordsmanship, javelin throw, dandpatta and lathi. On June 18, I received a call from film director Krish who needed girls with training in swordsmanship for his movie Manikarnika. The team took auditions of our girls at Mehbooba Studio Mumbai and selected five girls to play background roles. We came to RFC on July 18 for shooting and it will end on August 14.”

Samruddhi Jadhav said, “This first-hand experience of film shooting, that too with popular actress Kangana Ranaut, is definitely a big opportunity we have got. On the first day of shoot, we all were feeling awkward and were not comfortable in front of the camera. But later we things were normal as our own trainer Kachale sir was there to boost our confidence and train us like we were practicing at our regular club training sessions in Pune. Now we all are enjoying the shoots.”

Purvi Ganjave said, “Initially we were not comfortable to act as we had to use swords wearing a saree. But now we are used to it.”

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 14:34 IST