It has only been a month since the trailer for Panipat dropped to an interesting reaction, to say the least. The film had directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Arjun Kapoor plays Sadashiv Rao and Kriti Sanon is his wife in the film. Sanjay Dutt is the main antagonist of the film.
The film gained a lot of flack for its choice of actors by fans. Many called out Arjun Kapoor for his less than the lackluster portrayal of the majestic ruler. Others compared the film to Padmavat and other such films. Calling it a cheap ripoff. While there are some obvious similarities between the films, the filmmakers have defended all of these similarities till now.
In a recent interview with Bombay Times, director Ashutosh Gowariker spoke about the film's cast. The filmmaker said, "They were absolutely my first choice, and this is the first time I got my first choice of the cast (laughs!). When you get your first choice, it cuts down your waiting period, because when you don’t get an actor you want, you have to pitch it to someone else, and then, it’s a long wait for many months. For Sadashivrao Bhau, I wanted someone with a big built and someone who can make you believe that he has great force and strength. I zeroed in on Kriti as she looked so Maharashtrian and is such a detailed actress. Sanjay Dutt is someone who has gone into another league, and sometimes, just his presence is enough."