Legendary actress Zeenat Aman has joined the star cast of Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Panipat which also features Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, and Sanjay Dutt. The Ashutosh Gowarikar directorial revolves around the third battle of Panipat which took place on January 14, 1761, and it was fought between the Marathas and the invading forces of the king of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali, supported by two Indian allies- the Rohilla Afghans of the Doab and Shujaud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh. Padmini Kolhapure, Mohnish Bahl and Kunal Kapoor kickstarted the shoot in Mumbai, which was followed by a marathon schedule in Rajasthan.
Confirming Zeenat’s role in Panipat, the filmmaker said, “Zeenat ji will be seen in a cameo as Sakina Begum, a feisty character leading her province of Hoshiyarganj. Her character lives within the confines of her kingdom, aloof from the politics of the region, till Arjun’s Sadashiv Rao Bhau turns to her for help.” On a parting note, the filmmaker revealed that Zeenat Aman will join Panipat’s shoot by the end of this week. “Her look is something that I cannot reveal as of now, but I am really excited about it and can’t wait to start shooting with her,” he said.
Earlier, in an interview with us, Kriti Sanon had shed light on her role and said, “For me, it is very interesting to play a Marathi character that too belonging to a different era. And for the first time, I am playing someone who exists in reality. I don’t know Marathi at all. It is a Hindi film but it has Marathi words here and there— which are colloquial, commonly used. I did learn the language from a tutor.
Panipat is scheduled for December 6 release.