Kangana Ranaut, the Hindi actor who was last seen in Panga (2020), announced on social media on Friday that she will be portraying former prime minister Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama.
The actor confirmed that the yet-to-be-titled film will not be a biopic and that many other prominent actors will be a part of the film.
Ranaut, in a statement released by her office, said, “Yes, we are working on the project and the script is in the final stages. It is not the biopic of Indira Gandhi, it is a grand period film, to be precise a political drama that will help my generation to understand (the) socio-political landscape of current India.”
She posted a few stills of herself dressed as the late prime minister during a previous photoshoot by Jatin Kampani. However, she confirmed that it will not be the official look for the film.
She said that the film will be based on a book. There’s ben no information on which book the film has been based on.
The film will be directed by filmmaker Sai Kabir, who will also write the film’s story and screenplay. He has earlier worked with Ranaut in the 2014 crime comedy Revolver Rani.
The film will be produced by Ranaut under the Manikarnika Films banner.
Ranaut added that the film that will be a big-scale production. Besides featuring Morarji Desai and Lal Bahadur Shastri, the film will also feature members of the Gandhi family, including Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The other cast members are yet to be announced.
The film will depict events that took place during the reign of Indira Gandhi, including Operation Blue Star (1984) and the Emergency Period (1975-77).
This is the second time that Ranaut is essaying a political leader. She is currently working on Thalaivi, an upcoming Tamil biopic based on the life of the late former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa, which is helmed by AL Vijay.