Did Ayushmann Khurrana beat Rajkummar Rao to play Swatantraveer Savarkar in a biopic directed by Mahesh Manjrekar?

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Sandeep Ssingh, the producer of Sarbjit, just revealed his next project: a film about Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, also known as Swatantraveer Savarkar. Sandeep has been in the headlines since the sad demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, this will be his first film since the incident. Mahesh Manjrekar will direct the historical drama, which is being planned on a large scale.

When the team was in talks with two top actors for the lead role in the film, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao. A source informed Bollywood Hungama, “The bid was between Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana. The team is clear on one fact – they need a terrific performer to pull off this challenging role and they zeroed in on Raj and Ayushmann. Both of them were spoken to, for the film and it seems the team might have expressed their interest in one of them already.”

“Ayushmann has a slight edge over Raj. Rajkummar has many films lined up which he needs to shoot next, whereas, Ayushmann clearly has delivered better box office numbers than Raj on average. The budget of this film will be high, so they want a bankable star and Ayushmann is their first choice. They are already in talks and it needs to be seen if they mutually agree on the project anytime soon,” added the source.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Ayushmann Khurrana has Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui also starring Vaani Kapoor. The film is a romantic drama directed by Abhishek Kapoor. The actor will also be seen in an action thriller directed by Anubhav Sinha tentatively titled Anek.

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