Remember Nihaar Pandya? Deepika Padukone’s rumoured boyfriend during her struggling days over a decade ago? He is finally Bollywood-bound. He features in the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi as Bajirao II. When Dippy shifted to Mumbai from hometown Bengaluru, the two were said to be in a live-in relationship. Deepika bagged Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Om Shanti Om (2007) while Nihar got left behind.
Nihaar underwent multiple acting and training workshops to get every nuance of the character right.
The prospect of playing a historic character along with strenuous war scenes motivated Nihaar to learn the ropes in terms of martial arts, weight training, functional training, horse riding, among others to do complete justice to his character.
Those associated with the film said that the actor did not give up even after injuring himself multiple times during the sets while filming.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is an upcoming Indian epic biographical film about the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. It is being directed by Krish and produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain Co-Produced by Nishant Pitti of EaseMyTrip. Kangana Ranaut plays the title role of Rani Laxmibai. Principal photography on the film began in May 2017 and the film is scheduled for release on 27 April 2018.
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