Kangana Ranat who started off the year with Rangoon, is currently busy with the shooting of her upcoming film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Directed by Krish, the film features the actress as Rani Laxmibai. After Kangana, Atul Kulkarni has a powerful role in the film. The actor will be portraying the role of Ramchandra Pandurang Tope, better known as Tatya Tope the film. He says he is doing all his sword-fighting stunts himself.
"After Kangana in the title role, Atul has the most powerful role in ‘Manikarnika'. He has been learning horse-riding and sword-fighting alongside Kangana and since they are both shown to be fighting from the same side in the war, the two of them spent a lot of time getting into the combined collaborative mode," a source said.
Atul, who earlier played Ramprasad Bismil in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's "Rang De Basanti", said: "This is something I've never done before. I am doing all my sword fighting stunts myself. My body-double hired to do the stunts just sits around on the sets doing nothing."
Veteran writer V Vijendra Prasad, the writer of "Baahubali" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", has teamed up with Prasoon Joshi for the script of the film.
"This story has a lot of energy. I'm blessed that I'm attached to this film. I never thought that I'd ever get the opportunity to work with Vijendra ji who has written a film like 'Baahubali.'
"Also, I want to say that this film would not have been possible without Kangana Ranaut. I don't think any other actress has that fire and determination like Kangana to play this character," Joshi said.
(With IANS Inputs)
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