Mumbai: In the recent development of Anurag Singh’s upcoming film on the battle of Saragarhi, actress Parineeti Chopra is speculated to play female lead opposite Akshay Kumar. If reports are true, Parineeti will be seen in the role of Akshay Kumar’s wife who is playing Havildar Ishar Singh in this period war drama.
“Parineeti plays a strong character and has really liked the script. The makers have started prep. Huge sets of the Saragarhi and Gulistan forts, as well as a village, will be erected in Wai, a town in Satara district,” informs a source close to the development.
The project was supposed to be jointly produced by Karan Johar and Salman Khan, but the latter has opted out of the project.
The source further reveals, “The actors will be provided with a lot of material for their parts and will start full-time prep close to the shooting date. The film is set to tentatively go on the floors in January next year.”
However, Parineeti’s spokesperson refused to confirm the news.
The Battle of Saragarhi was fought on September 12, 1897 in North-West Frontier Province. The Sikh military personnel who were 21 in number fought with 10,000 Afghan Orakzai tribesman. They chose to die than surrender. It is considered as one of the greatest battles in Indian history.
Akshay Kumar is currently filming R Balki’s social drama Padman along with Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte while Parineeti is gearing up for Diwali release of Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again.