Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker is back once again with a new historical. Yes, his next is based on the third battle of Panipat, which ended up in victory of Durrani Empire. It will have Arjun Kapoor depicting the role of Sadashiv Rao Bhau or Bhausaab, while Sanjay Dutt will play Ahmad Shah Abdali, the founder of the Durrani Empire and the modern state of Afghanistan who fought against Bhausaheb.
Sources revealed, “There are many powerful characters in Ashutosh’s film besides Sadashiv Rao Bhau. It is believed that the death of Vishwas Rao, the eldest son of Balaji Baji Rao, Peshwa of Pune and also the heir to the title of Peshwa of Maratha Empire, was a turning point in the third battle of Panipat and brought about victory for the Afghans. Ashutosh has done his research already in the last one year but is keeping the project under wraps as he wants to announce it in a big way.”
Vishwas Rao was the nominal Commander of Maratha Forces and the Peshwa’s representative during Third Battle of Panipat under guidance of his uncle Sadashivrao Bhau. They will also show Sadashivrao Bhau’s second wife Parvatibai who escorted her husband and was present in the final battle fought on January 14, 1761.
The Third Battle Of Panipat:
In January 1760, Ahmad Shah Durrānī invaded and captured the Punjab region in January 1760. Nanasaheb Peshwa chose Sadashivrao Bhau to lead the Maratha army to Delhi. On March 14, 1760, an army was gathered and started its northward journey from Patdur. The Maratha forces of Holkar and Scindia joined the army on the way but while Bhau and his loyal bodyguards fought bravely to the end, various factors lead to the defeat of the Maratha army in the third Battle of Panipat, which took place at about a 100 km from Delhi.
Ashutosh Gowariker has remained unavailable for comment.