Makers choose Ayushmann Khuranna over Rajkummar Rao to play Veer Savarkar?

Indian actor and film director Mahesh Manjrekar along with film producer Sandeep Singh had announced a biopic on the life of the activist, politician and freedom fighter Veer Savarkar on his 138th birth anniversary.

The title of the film is decided as ‘Swatantra Veer Savarkar’ and even the first poster of this great biopic is out. Sandeep Singh who is recently in controversy due to the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s case and also the producer of the movies had shared the poster on his Instagram account on 28th May with the caption as “Azaadi ke itihas ki puri baat abhi janna baki hai! Miliye #SwatantraVeerSavarkar se bahut jald…. Veer Savarkar is revered and criticized in equal measure. He has been made into a polarising figure today but I feel that’s because people don’t know enough. No one can deny that he was an important part of our freedom struggle and our attempt is to present a peek into his life and journey.”

As the biopic is planned on a grand level with a big budget the team wants some of the finest actors of Bollywood to perform this tough role. Bollywood Hungama informed that one of their sources stated, “The bid was between Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana. The team is clear on one fact – they need a terrific performer to pull off this challenging role and they zeroed in on Raj and Ayushmann. Both of them were spoken to, for the film and it seems the team might have expressed their interest in one of them already. Ayushmann has a slight edge over Raj. Rajkummar has many films lined up which he needs to shoot next, whereas, Ayushmann clearly has delivered better box office numbers than Raj on average. The budget of this film will be high, so they want a bankable star and Ayushmann is their first choice. They are already in talks and it needs to be seen if they mutually agree on the project anytime soon.”

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