Nihar Pandya is all set to make his big Bollywood debut in the hugely anticipated Rani Lakshminai biographical Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi. The Kangana Ranaut starrer which has been in the news ever since the announcement of the film, will see him essay the pivotal role of Baji Rao II.
In July, Nihar Pandya accidently hit Kangana Ranaut’s foreheard with his aluminium sword causing a deep wound. Recalling the incident Nihar says, “She’s a thorough professional. She is different as soon as the camera is on. I’m glad she treated the accident so well and continued shooting. I was troubled more by questions thrown at me from the media. She was very accommodating and eased the situation down as it was a timing issue leading to the accident.”
Says Nihar Pandya, “For me to debut as an iconic character of Baji Rao II is challenging and exciting. To get every nuance of the character perfectly I underwent multiple acting workshops and an extreme makeover. The strenuous war scenes of the film required me to learn horse riding and sword fighting from Nick Powell, one of the best Hollywood action directors who have directed action in films like Braveheart, Gladiator and many more.”
Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi, produced by Kamal Jain and Zee Studios and directed by Kriah Jagarlamudi will see Nihar Pandya share screen space with acting powerhouses like Kangana Ranaut, Atul Kulkarni, Danny Denzongpa and other stalwarts. Says Nihar, “I’ve just returned from Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi‘s shoot in Jaipur and I’m looking forward to the next schedule.”