The Hindi film industry seldom churns out films based on historical events. Two filmmakers who have made films in this genre more than once in the recent past are Ashutosh Gowariker and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. One needs vision, grit, patience and determination to make films like these as they require a lot of research and take a lot of time to be translated from the paper to the screen. However, the success of films like the ‘Baahubali’ series, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmaavat’ have attracted a lot of filmmakers towards this genre and there are a couple of films, in this space, are slated to release in the next two years. Here is a look at the actresses whom we shall see revisiting the past in the near future.
Kriti Sanon in Panipat
Kriti, who delivered a super-hit in the form of ‘Luka Chuppi’, will be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s magnum opus that chronicles the battle of Panipat. In this film, she will be essaying the role of Parvati Bai, the second wife of Sadashiv Rao Bhau, the Sardar Senapati or the commander-in-chief of the Maratha Army that fought the army of Ahmad Shah Abdail in the battle of Panipat. Though ‘Raabta’ had a portion, where the leads were seen in an unknown time period, ‘Panipat’ will be her first, proper period drama.
Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar and Janhvi Kapoor in Takht
These four actresses will be seen in (not necessarily together) in Karan Johar’s period drama. While not much is known about the film, it is said to be a family drama set in the Mughal era. What is also known is that Kareena and Alia, just like ‘Udta Punjab’, will not have any scenes together in the film. With Johar at the helm of affairs and a huge star cast which also comprises of Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal, ‘Takht’ is one of the most anticipated films of 2020.
Kajol in Taanhaji
Kajol and Ajay Devgn will be seen together on-screen twelve years after they last worked in ‘U Me Aur Hum’. In the film, Ajay, who also co-produces the film along with T-Series, will be portraying the titular role of the Maratha warrior and Saif Ali Khan will be seen as the main antagonist. In a recent interview, Ajay revealed that Kajol’s role will be more of an extended guest appearance. Despite her limited screen time, fans would be quite excited to see the real-life couple together in a film after a hiatus.
Madhubala in ‘Mughal-E-Azam’, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, Deepika Padukone in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmaavat’, period films have always offered actresses meaty roles to play and have often turned out to be the most memorable roles of her career. One expects the aforementioned films to carry forward this notion.