Shahid Kapoor to play the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji in a new period drama

According to reports, Shahid Kapoor will essay the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in producer Ashwin Varde’s latest film. The mammoth period saga will delve into the life and triumphs of the mighty warrior. Varde has joined hands with Lyca Productions and are soon going to make their foray into Bollywood.

Shahid Kapoor has previously starred in period dramas like Padmavat before and is excited to join the cast. And unlike the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, the actor will be playing the lead role in the untitled film. Sahid and Ashwin have previously worked together on Kabir Singh and are now in the midst of locking modalities before they sign the contract.

However, Ashwin isn’t the only one attempting to pull together a project on the brave warrior. Riteish Desmukh has also decided to bankroll a multi-lingual pan-India film on Shivaji that will star him in the lead. There are also talks that Ali Abbas Zafar is planning to mount a film with Salman Khan as Shivaji.

(Contributed by Nikhita H.)

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