Kriti Sanon to play Sita in 'Adipurush' that features Prabhas as Ram and Saif Ali Khan as Lankesh

Prabhas is collaborating with Bhushan Kumar on an epic 3D action-drama, the Om Raut-directed ‘Adipurush’ which revolves around the triumph of good over evil. The actor plays the character of Lord Ram and will be training in ancient forms of action, including sword fights and archery. Soon after, it was revealed that Saif Ali Khan has come on board to portray the antagonist, Lankesh, which is another name of Ravana, the King of Lanka. Ever since then, there have been speculations in plenty about who would play Sita in this ambitious multilingual. Names like Anushka Shetty, Anushka Sharma, Kiara Advani and Keerthy Suresh were floating around but Mirror has learnt that the makers have found their Sita and it’s none other than Kriti Sanon.

“After considering several top names, from both the Hindi and Telugu industries, they decided on Kriti. She will play the character with grace and dignity,” revealed a source close to the development adding that the film will go on the floors in January next year with a start-to-finish schedule. “It will mostly be shot in the studio against a chroma screen. Om and Bhushan have been talking to VFX technicians of international repute, who have worked on films like Avatar and Star Wars, to make the shooting process smooth and mount the film on a certain scale.”

Om’s directorial debut in Hindi, ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’, was also shot indoors and the source asserts that filming an epic against a green screen is a well-established concept in the West and has grabbed the attention of filmmakers in India as well.

Kriti is currently shooting for ‘Hum Do Hamare Do’ along with Rajkummar Rao in Chandigarh. After wrapping it up, she moves on to the Akshay Kumar-fronted Bachchan Pandey from January. The actress, reportedly, also has a horror comedy, ‘Bhediya’, alongside Varun Dhawan in her kitty, and is in talks for two more films, to begin sometime next year. “Playing Sita is an opportunity of a lifetime for her, and she immediately came on board. She will be juggling multiple films in the first quarter of 2021,” the source signed off.

Having grown up on tales rooted in Indian history and mythology, Bhushan Kumar was excited to bring an epic to the big screen. He had told media source (August 18), “My father, Gulshan Kumar, was a devotee of Shiva, Ram and Mata Rani and for me, this is a way of carrying his dream forward.”