Mumbai: Arjun Kapoor starrer upcoming period film Panipat has garnered attention and is on the headlines due to various reasons.
While the movie drew the eyeballs of Afghanistan, its posters and looks of the characters have left the audience intrigued.
Panipat trailer has created a controversy in Afghanistan over Sanjay Dutt’s portrayal of Ahmad Shah Abdali in the movie. Former Afghan ambassador to India tweeted to Sanjay Dutt saying that “hope Panipat kept Indo-Afghan ties in mind!”
Dear @duttsanjay Ji: Historically, the Indian cinema has been extremely instrumental in strengthening the Indo-Afghan ties – I very much hope that the film “Panipat” has kept that fact in mind while dealing with this important episode of our shared history! https://t.co/8HKLei2ce1
— Dr Shaida Abdali (@ShaidaAbdali) November 4, 2019
Shaida Abdali, former Afghan ambassador tweeted expressing concern over the trailer. Panipat is based on the third battle of Panipat, which took place between the Maratha Empire and Afghan King Ahmad Shah Abdali. The third battle of Panipat is considered to be one of the largest battles ever fought in Indian history.
The Panipat trailer depicts Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali as a ruthless and brutal ruler.
The Afghan officials’ concern is over the portrayal of Ahmad Shah Abdali. Afghanistan and India share cordial ties in the current day and the depiction of Abdali in an insensitive manner might have an effect on that.
Besides, actress Padmini Kolhapure, who plays the role of Gopika Bai (wife of Peshwa Nana Saheb) in Ashutosh Gowariker’s upcoming period film Panipat, shared her character poster from the film.
The actress looked regal in the latest picture.
The ensemble cast of Panipat is headlined by Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt, who play rivals Sadashiv Rao Bhau and Ahmad Shah Abdali, respectively. In the film’s trailer, which released earlier this week, Gopika Bai is introduced as one of the family members of the Peshwa (played by actor Mohnish Bahl), who objected to his bias towards his cousin Sadashiv Rao Bhau.