Bollywood is still going strong with its wave of biographical recreations of India’s history. Another such story of bravery and valor is set to hit cinema screens with Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. The film will mark the reunion of the real-life Bollywood jodi Ajay Devgn and Kajol, and also features Saif Ali Khan in the lead cast. Directed by Om Raut, this biopic follows the story of Taanaji Malusare who is remembered for his role in the 1670 Battle of Sinhagad.
Teasing the launch of the film’s much-awaited trailer, we were treated to our first look at Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan as opposing forces in the historical battle. The Omkara co-stars don the avatar of legendary warriors Taanaji and Udaybhan in these character posters.
We also got our first look at Kajol in Maharashtrian attire as Taanaji’s wife Savitribai Malusare. The poster also features her husband Ajay as Taanaji Malusare while he holds up the Maratha flag. Check it out below:
The film also marks a momentous landmark in Ajay Devgn’s 30-year Bollywood journey. The iconic star will feature in his 100th film with Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. Take a look at his Bollywood legacy!
Before you check out the freshly released trailer of the film, let’s revise what we know about the historic Battle of Sinhagad. The story begins with the 1665 Treaty of Purandar which was signed between Jai Singh and Shivaji Maharaj. Amongst several demands, the treaty required the Maratha ruler to give up Fort Kandhana (later renamed Sinhagad) to the Mughals. Upon Shivaji’s mother Rajmata Jijabai’s disapproval of this takeover, the ruler tasked the military leader Taanaji with reconquering the fort. In February 1670, Taanaji along with his troops marched towards the heavily-guarded fort thus beginning the Battle of Sinhagad. It was a fierce battle between the formidable Rajput warrior Udaybhan Rathore and Taanaji. The valiant battle led to the death of Taanaji which added fuel to the fight of the Marathas under the leadership of his brother Suryaji Malusare, who eventually defeated the enemy. According to legend, Shivaji Maharaj proclaimed, “Gad ala pan Sinha gela.” (The fort was captured but a lion was lost) upon hearing the news of Taanaji’s demise. Shivaji then renamed it Fort Sinhagad in honor of Taanaji.
With Sharad Kelkar taking on the role of Shivaji Maharaj, you can witness this epic chapter of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior unfold in cinemas on 10th January 2020. Before that, check out the film’s trailer below and click on the ‘Interested’ button for the latest updates.