Confirmed! Manushi Chhillar to make her Bollywood debut in 'Prithviraj' opposite Akshay Kumar

Manushi Chhillar and Akshay Kumar Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 15, 2019, 02.42 PM (IST)

It’s finally confirmed! Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar will be making her Bollywood debut opposite Akshay Kumar in the upcoming film titled ‘Prithviraj’.

The film will be helmed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi as it is based on the life of Indian historical figure Prithviraj Chauhan who was known for his valour and bravery. While Akshay will essay the role of the king, Manushi will play the role of the Sanyogita, the love of his life.

In a statement, Dwivedi said, "We auditioned a lot of young, fresh faces for the role because we were looking for a stunningly gorgeous Indian heroine. While Sanyogita was an incredibly beautiful person, she was also a strong, confident girl. We were looking to find someone who could match the magnetic persona of Sanyogita and we found that in Manushi."

The director said that Manushi auditioned "for the role a couple of times". He said, "We wanted to be dead sure with this casting and she nailed it each time. She has been rehearsing six days a week since then and is being thoroughly groomed for the last nine months by Yash Raj Films (YRF)."

Happy with landing the role, Manushi said, "I'm thoroughly happy and thrilled about the learnings that I will have through this journey. My life, so far, has really been a fairy tale. From becoming Miss India and then Miss World to now getting such a big project as my debut film, it's like a new, exciting chapter of my life.”

"She was a powerful personality and she stood up for what is right and took the most important decisions of her life by herself. Her life is an extremely important chapter in Indian history and I will try my best to play her as accurately as possible," she added.

‘Prithviraj’ is being made under the banner Yash Raj Films. It is slated to release on Diwali 2020.