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Akshay Kumar on Tuesday announced that he will be playing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in his upcoming film. This is not the first time that an actor has attempted to portray the illustrious life of the Indian ruler on screen. Take a look at actors who have played the role of Shivaji in films and shows.
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Akshay Kumar: Mahesh Manjrekar's Marathi period drama 'Vedat Marathe Veer Daudle Saat' will see Akshay Kumar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The movie, produced by Vaseem Qureshi, is not just a story, or a war cry; it is the success story of the Hindavi Swarajya and the story of a glorious and selfless sacrifice like no other.
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Mahesh Manjrekar: In Mi Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, the 2009 Indian Marathi-language film produced by Sanjay Chhabria along with Ashwami Manjrekar, Mahesh Majrekar took up the role of Shivaji. The Santosh Ramdas Manjrekar directed film followed the life of an underdog who fights against all odds, to re-instate his identity and pride in the society.
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Paras Arora: In the popular television show, Veer Shivaji, Paras Arora was seen essaying the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He played the younger version of the Maratha Warrior before Amol Kolhe stepped in to play the character in his adult life.
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Amol Kolhe: Not once but Amol Kokhe has stepped into the shoes of the great Maratha warrior more than in his career. First he was seen essaying the role in Star Pravah's series Raja Shiv Chhatrapati and later in 2011, he took up the role for the film Rajmata Jijau. In Hindi drama series Veer Shivaji (2012) he again played the character on the screen.
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Subodh Bhave: In the film, 'Har Har Mahadev' directed by Abhijeet Deshpande the role has been taken up by Sharad Kelkar. The film is based on the relationship between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his relationship with his commander Baji Prabhu Deshpande who finally gave his life while helping his king during the Battle of Pavankhind.