While Arjun Rampal will be playing the role of a Mahar Warrior, Sunny Leone plays a spy.
Arjun Rampal and Sunny Leone in The Battle of Bhima Koregaon
The first look poster of upcoming Bollywood film The Battle of Bhima Koregaon, which stars Arjun Rampal, Sunny Leone and Digangana Suryavanshi, was released on Thursday (10 December 2020).
The historical film, set between 1795 and 1818, features Arjun Rampal as a Mahar warrior. Sunny Leone plays the role of a spy who poses as a dancer. It is directed by Ramesh Thete.
First look poster shared by Arjun Rampal
Lead actor of the film, Arjun Rampal shared his look from the film as a new poster. While sharing the poster, he wrote: “Proud to be part of this film. A film with a strong message. A part of history revisited.”
Apart from Arjun Rampal and Sunny Leone, the film also stars Digangana Suryavanshi, Ashok Samarth, Milind Gunaji and Abhimanyu Singh.
It is said that Mahar soldiers were part of the British troops that fought against the Peshwa Bajirao II’s army in the Koregaon Bhima battle. It happened on 1 January 1818.
As per reports, the film will focus on the social issues, incidents of atrocities of those times, along with the feeling of hatred that prevailed across society. The time period it covers will be between 1795 and 1818.
Ramesh Thete, the film’s lyricist, producer and director, was careful not to reveal too many details about the film. Regarding Sunny Leone’s role, he said: “She plays a spy who poses to be a dancer.”
About Rampal’s character, Thete said:
“The personality and physique of Arjun Rampal is perfect for Sidhnak, the Mahar warrior. He is the protagonist of a rare kind who carries the narrative of the untouchables well. Arjun was the fittest actor for the role.”
On the question regarding choice of subject, he replied that he wanted people to know their history well and also get inspired by it. He also added:
“The Battle of Bhima Koregaon symbolises the merit, sacrifice and valour of the depressed sections of the society that were deprived of the right to equality who fought fearlessly against the oppressors.”
The release of The Battle of Bhima Koregaon is expected to be in the second half of 2021.