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Kesari: Karan Johar announces name of Akshay Kumar’s leading lady in period film

Mumbai: Karan Johar took to Twitter Wednesday evening to announce the name of the leading lady in his upcoming production venture – Kesari – starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role. The producer-director’s Dharma Productions has roped Parineeta Chopra for the period film.

KJo tweeted, “The lead actress in #KESARI is ……..PARINEETI CHOPRA! @ParineetiChopra (sic),” with an image of Akshay Kumar’s look in the film.

On seeing this, trolls ‘passionately’ got back to work and made the Bollywood heavyweight tweet again about his leading lady with her image.

He tweeted: “Ok guys that was meant to be an image of #KESARI whilst announcing the lead actress of the film! Clearly Twitter is quick to Jump and attack! Apologies!!!!! This is to re announce the wonderfully talented @ParineetiChopra as lead cast of #KESARI (sic).”

Parineeti is thrilled to be associated with the film. She thanked the producers and Akshay for the opportunity.

She tweeted: “So excited to be a part of this legendary journey!!! Thankyouuu @karanjohar @akshaykumar @DharmaMovies #AnuragSingh #Kesari (sic).”

For the unversed, Salman Khan was initially a part of the film as a co-producer. But on realising that Ajay Devgn had announced a film on the same subject much earlier, the Dabangg Khan decided to walk out of the project, which would have been his first joint production with Johar.

Kesari is a film based on the Battle of Saragarhi. Akshay will essay Havaldar Ishar Singh, the military commander of 21 Sikh regiment, who on September 12, 1897, fought bravely against Afghani invaders in the war which eventually came to be known as the battle of Saragarhi.

Interestingly, Randeep Hooda too is doing a film based on this subject.

The film directed by Anurag Singh has gone on floors but the makers are yet to announce the release date of the film.

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