Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn will essay the eponymous role in "Chanakya", a historical drama on master economist and royal advisor to the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta. The film will be directed by Neeraj Pandey. The 49-year-old actor, who will be collaborating with Pandey for the first time, said he is excited to work with the director.
"I am truly looking forward to playing Chanakya. I've followed Neeraj Pandey's work closely and I know Neeraj will tell this story with the clarity and passion with which it needs to be told," Devgn said in a statement.
Ajay Devgn, who is featuring in several films which will release in the next two years, took to his Twitter handle on Wednesday to make the announcement. "Looking forward to playing #Chanakya, a film about one of the greatest thinkers in Indian History, directed by @neerajpofficial. @RelianceEnt @FFW_Official @PlanC_Studios @ShitalBhatiaFFW," he wrote.
Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced on Twitter, "IT’S OFFICIAL... Ajay Devgn in #Chanakya... Neeraj Pandey to direct... Produced by Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks’ Plan C Studios... Based on the incredible life and teachings of the greatest political thinker, philosopher, economist and royal advisor Chanakya".
IT’S OFFICIAL... Ajay Devgn in #Chanakya... Neeraj Pandey to direct... Produced by Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks’ Plan C Studios... Based on the incredible life and teachings of the greatest political thinker, philosopher, economist and royal advisor Chanakya.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 11, 2018
Pandey said "Chanakya" is a passion project on which he has been working on for a while.
"I have been developing this film on Chanakya for quite some time now. It's an exciting work of passion for me, and I am sure the audiences will love Ajay in his portrayal of the visionary genius," he said.
The film will be produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and Plan C Studios.
(With PTI Inputs)