The cast of “Manikarnika – Queen of Jhansi” is getting bigger and better with every update we get. Kangana Ranaut will be seen playing the titular role of Lakshmibai, whereas Aankita Lokhaande will play Jhalkari Bai, the one who used to disguise and shield Rani Laxmi Bai.
And now method actor Atul Kulkarni has been roped in to play a pivotal role in the film based on Rani Lakshmibai.
The National Award winning actor, who has done a variety of challenging roles in the past, will essay the role of Ramchandra Pandurang Tope also known as Tatya Tope, the Rani’s aide, who was instrumental in recapturing the city of Gwalior from the British.
Kulkarni is not new to bringing historical characters on screen. He had played the role of Ram Prasad Bilmil, an Indian revolutionary, in Aamir Khan starrer “Rang De Basanti”. The film was a blockbuster and managed to secure a special place in the hearts of Indians for its patriotic sentiment.
It is the most powerful role in Manikarnika, after Kangana’s. Atul has been learning horse-riding and sword-fighting. Since they are both shown to be fighting from the same side in the war, the two of them spent a lot of time getting into the combined collaborative mode.
Talking about his character, Atul stated, “This is something I’ve never done before. I am doing all my sword fighting stunts myself. My body-double hired to do the stunts just sits around on the sets doing nothing.”
Recently, Kangana suffered a major injury on the sets of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”. Kangana, who is shooting for the movie in Hyderabad’s Ramoji Filmcity, suffered a deep cut on her forehead during a sword fight scene with her co-star Nihar Pandya.
The film directed by Krish and jointly produced by Zee Studious, Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, will mark the Bollywood debut of TV actress Ankita Lokhande. The film “Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi” is slated to release on April 27, 2018.