Akshay Kumar is all set to star opposite Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar in his first-period drama, Prithviraj. The former beauty queen will play the role of Sanyogita while Akshay is in the title role.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the news on Twitter. He wrote, “IT’S OFFICIAL... Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar makes her big-screen debut... Paired opposite Akshay Kumar in Yash Raj’s historical film #Prithviraj... Manushi will play the role of Sanyogita... Directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi... Produced by Aditya Chopra... #Diwali2020.”
Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is directing this film under the banner of Yash Raj Films. As per expectations, it will clash with Kangana Ranaut’s action thriller, Dhaakad which will hit the theatres around the festival.
Talking about choosing Manushi for the film, Dwivedi told IANS, “We auditioned a lot of young, fresh faces for the role because we were looking for a stunningly gorgeous Indian heroine. While Sanyogita was an incredibly beautiful person, she was also a strong, confident girl. We were looking to find someone who could match the magnetic persona of Sanyogita and we found that in Manushi.” The director said that Manushi auditioned “for the role a couple of times”.
“We wanted to be dead sure with this casting and she nailed it each time. She has been rehearsing six days a week since then and is being thoroughly groomed for the last nine months by Yash Raj Films (YRF).”