After a brief brush with history in Raabta, Kriti Sanon gears up for her first full-fledged period drama in Panipat

Historical dramas tend to give actors a good scope to excel as performs. Films like ‘Mughal-E-Azam’, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmaavat’, among others, have given their leading actors the best roles of their career. In the next two years, one will see a slew of period dramas releasing in the form of ‘Panipat’, ‘Takht’ and ‘Tanhaaji’. Each of these films is set in a different era and one waits to see if they if they get the kind of love which films like the ‘Baahubali’ series and ‘Padmaavat’ received in the recent past.

Kriti Sanon, who recently delivered a super-hit in ‘Luka Chuppi’, has three more releases this year in the form of ‘Arjun Patiala’, ‘Panipat’ and ‘Housefull 4’. While ‘Arjun Patiala’ and ‘Housefull 4’ are comedy films set in the contemporary world, the Ashutosh Gowariker directed ‘Panipat’ chronicles the battle of Panipat. In the film, Kriti plays Parvati Bai, the second wife of Sadashiv Rao Bhau (played by Arjun Kapoor), 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 Kriti was seen playing a warrior prince in a certain portion of ‘Raabta’ which was set in an unknown time period, ‘Panipat’ is her first full-fledged period drama. Ashutosh Gowariker has had a tough luck at the box-office of late what with his last three films ‘What’s Your Raashee?’, ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ and ‘Mohenjo Daro’ failing to register an impact at the box-office, he is still regarded as one of the most important filmmakers in the Hindi films industry with landmark films like ‘Lagaan’, ‘Swades’ and ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ to his name.

With films like ‘Luka Chuppi’, ‘Arjun Patiala’ and ‘Housefull 4’ presenting her in a modern avatar, one looks forward to see how Kriti is presented in this period drama and most importantly, the kind of shift it brings about in her career.

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