Earlier this year, it was reported that actor Vicky Kaushal, who recently shot for an untitled romantic comedy co-starring Sara Ali Khan with director Laxman Utekar and produced by Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films, will once again collaborate with Dinesh and Laxman on a historical tale titled ‘Chhava’. As per reports, the actor will play Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, the eldest son of the Maratha empire’s founder and the great warrior king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The reports also claim that the makers have cast Rashmika Mandanna as the female protagonist opposite Vicky. The actress would play Yesubai Bhonsale, Chhatrapati Sambhaji’s wife in the period drama. The film is currently in the pre-production stage and will go on floors from September this year. It is expected to release next year.
Talking about Rashmika Mandanna, the actress rose to fame with Vijay Deverakonda-starrer romantic drama ‘Geetha Govindam’ (2018), followed by Allu Arjun and Sukumar’s ‘Pushpa’ (2021), where she played the character Srivali, which gave her a nationwide identity. She was last seen in ‘Mission Majnu’ (2023) opposite Sidharth Malhotra and will be next seen in Ranbir Kapoor starrer crime drama ‘Animal’, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga.