Akshay Kumar is likely to lead THE BATTLE OF SARAGARHI as the threefold battle between Ajay Devgn, Randeep Hooda and Akshay Kumar has now turned into a sole battle with Akshay Kumar in charge of the touted war epic.
There is no official announcement on this but our source close to the production starring Randeep Hooda reveals that nothing has happened after the much publicized mahurat and some portions shot. The creative difference between Rajkumar Santoshi and the producers has failed to come to a conclusion resulting in shelving of this project which is dear to everyone’s heart and especially to Randeep Hooda. The source also adds that Randeep Hooda is still hoping against hope and optimist to the hilt but at present there seem to be no development.
AKSHAY KUMAR, AJAY DEVGN AND RANDEEP HOODA
Interestingly, Ajay Devgn who was the first to announce the war epic SONS OF SARDAAR: THE BATTLE OF SARAGARHI based on the historic Battle of Saragarhi that took place in 1897 between British Indian Army and Afghan Orakzai tribesmen in North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). The war underlines the outstanding courage and bravery of The Sikhs, led by Havildar Ishar Singh who chose to fight to the death in what is considered by military historians as one of history's greatest last-stands.
The announcement gained curiosity in the beginning but nothing apart from its first look was heard until Randeep Hooda starrer was announced with much fanfare. The prolific veteran Raj Kumar Santoshi was roped in to helm this historical war epic by Wave Cinemas.
As Randeep Hooda starrer showed some progress with the actor getting prepared for the role going for vigorous training, suddenly an epic partnership between Salman Khan, Karan Johar and Akshay Kumar got announced.
A movie on the bravery of the same Havaldar Ishar Singh got announced with Akshay Kumar in lead. This Salman Khan and Karan Johar co–production reportedly rumored to have stumped Ajay Devgn and his plans regarding his war epic on the same subject. A source close to the production says that a serious rethink is on and nothing can be said at present though Ajay Devgn wants to make this epic, the probabilities after Akshay, Salman and Karan announcement on the same subject needs to be considered.
This makes the Akshay Kumar starrer on the epic THE BATTLE OF SARAGARHI the sole runner and unfortunately the Randeeep Hooda starrer is shelved as of now, adding one more shelved films to the veteran Raj Kumar Santoshi’s otherwise highly impressive repertoire.