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Kangana Ranaut to be seen as Rani Laxmi Bai in Ketan’s next film

File photo of Kangana Ranaut at Apsara Awards at Grand Hyatt (IANS: Photo)

File photo of Kangana Ranaut at Apsara Awards at Grand Hyatt (IANS: Photo)

Kangana Ranaut seemed to have given the nod to the role of the warrior queen, Rani Laxmi Bai, which will be directed by Ketan Mehta. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Bollywood seems to be celebrating season of flavours of biopic.

Hindustan Times quoted an insider, who said, “Kangana has read about Lakshmi Bai in school. So, when she was approached for the role, she was very excited. She also loved Ketan’s script, and was impressed with the kind of research that has gone into it.”

The project will be an Indo-British production, for which Kangana will undergo heavy-duty training in horse riding, sword-fighting and other warfare skills for almost a year, before she starts shooting. “Since it’s the first time that a project of such magnitude is being planned on Lakshmi Bai, Kangana wants to do her best,” added the insider.

Reports say that Kangana Ranaut will be seen opposite Hollywood actor Hugh Grant. Apparently, the makers are planning to approach the Hollywood actor for General Hugh Rose’s character, since Gen Rose was the one who secured the defeat of the Indian rebels at Jhansi in 1858, and who witnessed Lakshmi Bai’s legendary bravery during the rebellion.

“The film is expected to go on the floor mid next year, and will be shot in two languages — Hindi and English — simultaneously,” the source told HT, which has confirmed the development with Ketan, who said:”Yes, Kangana is on board. I always wanted to make The Rising as a trilogy. So, this film will be the second part after Mangal Pandey (2005). I am very excited.”

With Kangana joining the row of biopic films, it may be a long list of those in upcoming biopics. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be soon seen portraying the character of Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh. The movie on Sarabjit Singh’s biopic will be directed by filmmaker Omung Kumar. News has been confirmed that Randeep Hooda will be playing Sarabjit’s role.

Next is Sonam Kapoor who will be seen in Ad filmmaker Ram Madhvani’s upcoming film which is based on Neerja Bhanot’s life, a flight attendant who was killed while trying to save the lives of passengers on board a flight, which had been hijacked by terrorists in 1986.

Even Vidya Balan will be playing the role of late Carnatic singer MS Subbulakshmi in a film soon though the movie hasn’t taken off yet due to a few legal tangles. “Everything is ready and they (the makers) just need to get that thing (the legal issues) out of the way, and we can roll,” Vidya told HT.

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