Actor Akshay Kumar who received mixed response for his latest outing Ram Setu is all set to make his Marathi debut. The actor will collaborate with director Mahesh Manjrekar for his next Vedat Marathe Veer Daudale Saat. The forthcoming movie will feature Akshay portraying the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The announcement about the actor being a part of the film was made during the mahurat shot event held in Mumbai on Wednesday. Apart from Akshay Kumar and Mahesh Manjrekar, the event was attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and MNS chief Raj Thackeray. Several videos from the event have been making rounds on the Internet.
The upcoming movie is based on the story of seven valiant warriors who had the sole aim of bringing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's dream of Swarajya to reality, writing one of the most glorious pages of history.
@manjrekarmahesh दिग्दर्शित वेडात मराठे वीर दौडले सात या सिनेमाचा मुहूर्त सोहळा आज मोठ्या उत्साहात संपन्न झाला. महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेनेचे अध्यक्ष @RajThackeray हेदेखील या सोहळ्याला उपस्थित होते. याप्रसंगी सिनेमाच्या संपूर्ण टीमशी संवाद साधत शुभेच्छा दिल्या. pic.twitter.com/FRCWMWa6OX— Eknath Shinde - एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) November 2, 2022
छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचे आयुष्य हे कायमच आपल्यासाठी प्रेरणादायी आहे. सध्या शिवछत्रपतींच्या जीवनातील अनेक टप्प्यांवर आधारित सिनेमे बनत असून देशभरातील प्रेक्षकांकडून त्यांना उत्तम प्रतिसाद देखील मिळत आहे. त्यामुळे अशाच विषयावर महेश मांजरेकर बनवत असलेला हा सिनेमा इतिहास घडवेल. pic.twitter.com/QfGL20E5Ba— Eknath Shinde - एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) November 2, 2022
While addressing the media at the event and expressing his excitement about being a part of the film, an elated Akshay said, "It's a dream come true role for me. I think portraying Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the big screen is a very huge responsibility. I was taken aback when Raj sir asked me to portray this role. I feel so good to be playing this part and it's going to be a dream come true role for me. Also, I will be working for the first time with Director Mahesh Manjrekar, and it is going to be an experience."
Speaking about the film and team, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said, “This movie will be a super hit, my good wishes are with them. Balasahab Thackeray used to stand with Marathi cinemas, Raj Thackeray is also supporting the cinema.”
Meanwhile, the actor was recently seen in Abhishek Sharma's Ram Setu alongside Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrratt Bharuccha, and Satya Dev in pivotal roles. Ram Setu was theatrically released on October 25. Apart from the Mahesh Manjrekar directorial, Akshay also has films like Oh My God 2 with Pankaj Tripathi, Capsule Gill, Gorkha, Selfiee, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Mission Cindrella, and Hera Pheri 3 in his kitty.