War dramas are important as it reveals the facts and figure of history. It also becomes a huge responsibility for the director to do lot of research and analysis to portray the information as close as possible to historical fact. This year we have three significant period drama releasing – Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi, Ajay Devgan starrer Tanaji and Ashutosh Gowarikar directed Panipat. Let us see which film has the potential to score handsome box office numbers.
Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi
Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi is a story of popular freedom fighter Rani Laxmibai, who sacrificed her life fighting the British soldier in the pre-independence era. Directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, the trailer had already garnered 6.5 million views in just 20 hours and we can say Kangana Ranaut as Rani Laxmibai was perfect while the background score was very good. The sets looked grandeur and magnificent and did have shades of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani while the highlight of the trailer was the sword fighting sequence by the Hollywood choreographer Nick Powell who was the stunt co-ordinator in films like X-Men: The Last Stand and The Last Samurai. Kangana Ranaut looked perfect as a Rani Laxmibai as she makers her entry and spits venom as she fights the British soldiers
Taanaji – The Unsung Hero
Tanaaji The Unsung Warrior tells the story of Tanaji Malusare who was a military leader in the Maratha Empire and has fought alongside Maratha leader Shivaji Maharaj in various battles throughout the years. Tanaji Malusare is popular for his role in the Battle of Sinhagad and will be played by Ajay Devgan. Taanaji The Unsung Warrior is being directed by Om Raut, who earlier made the the Marathi film Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush (2015) and will have Saif Ali Khan, Kajol and Pankaj Tripathi in the pivotal roles.
As per early report, Taanaji The Unsung Warrior (tentative) will be releasing in September –
Ashutosh Gowarikar returns to another historical biopic, Panipat, after delivering the successful Jodhaa Akbar (2008), starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. From the director of cult films like Lagaan and Swades, Ashutosh Gowarikar has roped Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles. Panipat tells the story of third battle of Panipat between force of the Maratha Empire and invading forces of the King of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali. The film talks about Sadashiv Rao Bhau, son of Chimaji Appa and Rakhmabai and the nephew of Peshwa Bajirao I (Bajirao Mastani), who served as the Sardar Senapati (Commander-in-Chief) of the Maratha army at the Third Battle Of Panipat. The war drama is set to release on 6 December 2019.