Kangana Ranaut will be seen in biopic of “Rani Laxmi Bai”. The news is floating round these days in B-Town. Hollywood actor Hugh Grant will be cast opposite the petite actress.
The biopic has become Bollywood’s most favorite subject. Every celebrity is saying yes to the biopic and earning huge accolades, whether it is Farhan Akhtar for “Bhagh Milkha Bhagh” or Priyanka Chopra for “Mary Kom”. So, Kangna is ready to join the bandwagon. Reportedly, she already gave her nod. The filmmaker Ketan Mehta is directing the magnum opus movie.
Sources say, “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 venture will be an Indo-British production, for which Kangana will undergo heavy-duty training including 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”, the sources added.
Apparently, for General Hugh Rose’s character (who was given command of the Central Indian Field Force and secured the defeat of the Indian rebels at Jhansi in 1858, and who witnessed Lakshmi Bai’s legendary bravery during the rebellion), the makers are planning to approach Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, since it’s an important character.
“The film is expected to go on the floor mid next year, and will be shot in two languages — Hindi and English — simultaneously,” adds the insider.
Currently, Kangana is mum about the issue but director Ketan says, “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”.
The National Award winning young actress is already riding success after the release of Tanu Weds Manu Returns, now everybody wants to cast her. Ketan Mehta is wise enough to choose the female lead of his upcoming historical project. Kangana is one of the fine actress of the tinsel town so it is expecting she will do full justice to her role, as she always does.