Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Actors: Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Kriti Sanon
Rating: 3 star
In its timeline in history, this film falls only about 20 years ahead of when Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani (2015) is set, within the same empire/family (the Marathas), with actor Ranveer Singh playing the male lead in that one. Further, the antagonist Ahmad Shah Abdali from Afghanistan, as an invading Muslim ruler/commander, might seem to some as quite similar to Alauddin Khalji, if you may — although from over four centuries before, again with Singh in that part in Bhansali’s subsequent release Padmaavat (2018).
Arjun Kapoor plays the Maratha warrior Sadashivrao Bhau in this film. Sanjay Dutt is cast as Abdali. He led the battle this film is named after.