Battle of Saragarhi, a film which was supposed to star Akshay Kumar in the lead, about the historic battle that took place in 1879, has reportedly been shelved as the script is not ready. A source has told the Asian Age that the film might not happen since there are two other films being made about the battle.
“And, you won’t see any shooting for that film either. The script is not ready. Akshay is now busy with other assignments till the end of 2018. Salman and Karan have also moved on. Meanwhile, Aamir’s Thugs of Hindostan is in the same genre and space. So, it looks like Yash Raj has beaten Karan Johar to that big historic epic,” said the source.
However, the trio – Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, and Karan Johar – may collaborate for another project instead.
In January this year, it was announced that the three would be coming together for this film, with Salman and Karan producing it. Plans were on to distribute the film worldwide, similar to Baahubali 2, with dubbed versions in Tamil, Telugu and other Indian languages.
Meanwhile, Rajkumar Santhoshi has begun a movie on the same lines with Randeep Hooda in the lead.
Reports also suggest that Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardar 2 is also based on the same premise. So is the Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, Thugs of Hindostan.
The Battle of Saragarhi was fought before the Tirah Campaign on September 12, 1897 between Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army and Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen. The British Indian contingent had 21 Sikhs of the fourth Battalion of the Sikh Regiment, who were stationed at an army post attacked by around 10,000 Afghans. The Sikhs, led by Havildar Ishar Singh, chose to fight to the death, in what is considered by some military historians as one of history’s greatest last-stands.