Prabhas and Kriti Sanon starrer Adipurush was not the only film based on the epic Ramayana announced in Bollywood. For those unaware, Nitesh Tiwari was also working on a film based on Ramayana with Ranbir Kapoor and Sai Pallavi. While the pairing is interesting, fans had not received any updates about the film for a while. Now a new report has claimed that Nitesh has put the film on hold for the time being.
According to a report in ETimes, director Nitesh Tiwari has postponed the film indefinitely. The reason behind the decision has not been revealed. It is reported that the makers of the film are busy with the making of Bawal. The film stars Varun Dhawan and Jhanvi Kapoor in lead roles. After wrapping up the shoot of Baaval, he will be gearing up for another unannounced project. Nitesh is yet to react to the rumours.
It was earlier reported that Nitesh had shortlisted Ranbir Kapoor and Sai Pallavi for the roles of Ram and Sita respectively. It was also claimed in the past that Mahesh Babu, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Yash were approached for roles in the film, but the team did not share any update. It was claimed that Hrithik was being considered for the role of Ravana.
“Hrithik would have loved to play Ravana. In fact, years ago his former father-in-law Sanjay Khan offered him the chance to play Ram in a big screen version of Ramayana that Mr. Khan was planning. It did not happen. Now Hrithik has turned down the chance to play Ravana, as he had other commitments. Hrithik no longer wants to do a project every two years. He would love to do two projects every year, ”a friend of the actor told the publication.
The news of Nitesh’s adaptation of Ramayana being shelved came just 10 days before the release of Adipurush. Directed by Om Raut, Adipurush stars Prabhas as Raghav while Kriti plays Janaki. Saif plays Lankesh, Sunny Singh plays Laxman and Devdutt Nag plays Bajrang. Adipurush is set to hit the screens on June 16, 2023 in 3D.