Writer-lyricist Manoj Muntashir keen to rope in Priyanka Chopra Jonas as he turns producer with biopic on 18th century Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
It was a chance trip to Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, 20 years ago that introduced lyricist-writer Manoj Muntashir to the tales of the 18th-century queen, Ahilyabai Holkar, who ruled over the Malwa kingdom. The story of her courage and compassion left such an indelible imprint on him that as he turns producer, he has decided to bring the life of the Maratha queen to the big screen.
Titled 'Punyshlok Ahilyaadevi', the movie is expected to go on floors later this year. “When we talk of women rulers, we stop at Rani Lakshmibai. While her contribution to India can never be denied, neither can Ahilyabaiji’s,” begins Muntashir, who will serve as the co-writer and dialogue writer. Dilip Bhosale has taken on the double duty of direction and screenplay. During her reign, Holkar took Indore to new heights, proving herself as an able and erudite administrator. “At a time when Aurangzeb was destroying temples, she was constructing new ones. But we won’t approach the story from that angle; instead, we’ll focus on her legacy,” he adds.