Yash Raj Films’ Highly anticipated historical drama, Prithviraj, which is based on the life and valour of the fearless and mighty King Prithviraj Chauhan is set to release on June 3rd. Akshay Kumar is essaying the role of the legendary warrior who fought valiantly to protect India from the merciless invader Muhammad of Ghor. Debutante Manushi Chhillar is playing the role of Prithviraj’s beloved Princess Sanyogita.
Manushi says, “A debut like this, opposite one of the biggest superstars of the country like Akshay Kumar, is a lot of responsibility and I think I have given my everything to ensure that I play this role with utmost sincerity and dedication.”
The actress went through a long and hectic preparation schedule for the role in which she brushed up on her classical dancing skills, learnt horse riding, even archery and swordsmanship!
Manushi reveals, “The preparation schedule for me was long and intense. Adi sir and my director Dr. Chandraprakash ji wanted me to go through the drill before I even gave my first shot and, looking back, I’m thankful that I put in the hard work. I’m a trained classical dancer and this film made me brush up my dancing skills because I have three songs in the film! I had to nail the choreography, especially in ‘Hadd Kar De’. It is a beautiful Holi song and it needed me to be precise and also exhibit the fact that I could dance well. I hope that I have been able to show people that I’m a hard-working actor who is seeking perfection from my first film.”
She adds, “I have miles to go and lots to learn but my eyes are on the prize. I had to also pick up some interesting skill sets like archery and horse-riding! I have to admit that I had a lot of fun learning these. I have learned horse riding as a kid because my father used to take me and my siblings for horse riding so I kind of knew the basics of it but I never had to hold the reign or gallop with the horse. I have a horse riding sequence however I am sitting behind sir. So, it was interesting to do that sequence. I’m a student of art. So, every day was special on the sets of the film because I could learn so much and return the next day, hungry for more.”
Saying, “This is a dream come true of a debut for me”, she adds, “I’m hugely grateful that I’m getting to bring Princess Sanyogita’s life come alive on the big screen.
I will cherish this project all my life. My journey in cinema has just begun and I’m indebted to destiny for finding me a film that is giving me so much love!”
Prithviraj has been directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, and also stars Sonu Sood and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles. The film is set to release on June 3 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.