Sahil Salathia joins Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat
The model-turned-actor has been roped in to play Shamsher Bahadur in the historical drama
Indian supermodel-turned-actor, Sahil Salathia, who made his acting debut as the lead in Ashutosh Gowariker’s telenovela, Everest, has been roped in to play Shamsher Bahadur in the filmmaker’s upcoming historical drama, Panipat.
Speaking about the latest addition to the film, producer Sunita Gowariker says, “Sahil had left an impression on us ever since he did Everest. We had been wanting to work with him again and this role was a perfect fit for him. He is a talented actor and we are certain that he will do complete justice to Shamsher Bahadur’s character.”
Shamsher Bahadur was the son of Bajirao I and Mastani. A formidable warrior, he played an important part in the Third Battle of Panipat. The film is based on this battle, which took place on January 14, 1761. One of the biggest battles in the history of India, it was fought between the northern expeditionary force of the Maratha Empire and the invading forces of the King of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali, supported by two Indian allies—the Rohilla Afghans of the Doab, and Shuja-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh.
Also featuring Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles, Panipat is produced by Sunita Gowariker under their home banner AGPPL, in association with Rohit Shelatkar's Vision World. The film is scheduled for release on December 6.