BY ANUJ RADIA
Art director Nitin Desai and filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker have always weaved magic when they’ve collaborated together. The duo stunned us with the mesmerizing recreation of the Agra Fort in Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar and now they are all set to charm us again by constructing the majestic Shaniwar Wada for Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon starrer Panipat.
The Peshwa’s historical building – Shaniwar Wada – is of great importance to the story of Panipat and hence the duo have taken up the task to recreate the splendour of the Wada at N.D Studios. The Wada will be built in the actual scale and grandeur of the real Shaniwar Wada.
Bricks for this enormous structure have been laid on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya and the construction for the Wada began with a Pooja on Wednesday morning by Ashutosh Gowariker, Sunita Gowariker and Nitin Desai along with crew members.
“I am excited to work with Ashutosh Gowariker again after Jodhaa Akbar. The battle of Panipat is one of the most important chapters of our history and I am glad to be a part of this project. Shaniwar Wada was a stunning place and I am excited to recreate this magnificent structure for the film,” Nitin says.
This Gowariker venture is based on the Third Battle of Panipat, which is one of the most epic battles in the history of India that took place on 14 January 1761 at Panipat.
The battle was fought between the northern expeditionary force of the Maratha Empire and 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.
The action-packed period drama is produced by Sunita Gowariker and Rohit Shelatkar’s company – Vision World. Panipat is scheduled to release on December 6, 2019.