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Randeep Hooda’s Initial Skepticism Over Ankita Lokhande’s Role in Swatantra Veer Savarkar: A Case of Beauty vs. Character

Ankita Lokhande’s inclusion in the biopic Swatantra Veer Savarkar, starring Randeep Hooda, sparked initial skepticism from the latter regarding her suitability for the role of Yamunabai. Despite Ankita’s remarkable credentials, Hooda expressed reservations about her casting, deeming her ‘too pretty’ to portray the character. The actress disclosed this revelation at a recent event, shedding light on the challenges faced during the film’s casting process.

At the event, Ankita recounted Randeep Hooda’s initial hesitation, revealing his concern that her appearance might not align with the character of Yamunabai Savarkar. However, despite these reservations, Ankita ultimately secured the role, marking her return to the silver screen after her stint in Bigg Boss 17.

Swatantra Veer Savarkar, directed and co-written by Randeep Hooda and Utkarsh Naithani, delves into the life of the controversial freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, portrayed by Hooda himself. The film, announced in March 2022, aims to unravel the enigmatic persona of Savarkar, exploring the intricacies of his misunderstood and debated legacy.

Scheduled for release on March 22 in both Hindi and Marathi languages, Swatantra Veer Savarkar promises a captivating journey across various locales in Maharashtra, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and London. Produced by Zee Studios, Anand Pandit, Randeep Hooda, Sandeep Singh, and Yogesh Rahar, the biopic boasts a stellar cast, with Amit Sial also featuring prominently.

Swatantra Veer Savarkar endeavors to shine a spotlight on the visionary and controversial figure of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, whose contributions to India’s freedom struggle remain a subject of fervent debate. Through meticulous research and nuanced storytelling, the film aims to provide a fresh perspective on Savarkar’s legacy, inviting audiences to delve deeper into the complexities of his character and the tumultuous era he inhabited.

As the release date approaches, anticipation mounts for Swatantra Veer Savarkar, poised to ignite discussions and provoke thought on one of India’s most polarizing historical figures. With Randeep Hooda’s directorial vision and Ankita Lokhande’s portrayal adding layers of intrigue, the biopic is primed to make a significant impact on both cinematic and historical discourse alike.

Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth

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