There is a huge number of filmmakers in Bollywood, however, the crème de la crème includes names such as Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Karan Johar, Rajkumar Hirani and several others - each with an area of expertise of their own. Likewise, Ashutosh Gowariker is also one such director who is lauded for his cinematic visuals and heart wrenching storylines. In the past, he has produced works such as Lagaan, Swades and Jodhaa Akbar and this time around, he's coming with a period drama, Panipat.
While the trailer of the film has come under a bit of controversy with its portrayal of Ahmad Shah Abdali, Ashutosh seems to be at peace with his upcoming film. In the past, his film Mohenjo Daro also came under the radar and he was also dragged to the court on plagiarism charges. Speaking of the same and talking about his next project, Ashutosh shared with Mumbai Mirror, "After Mohenjo Daro, Jodhaa Akbar and Lagaan, I'm done with pre-history, medieval, Mughal India and the British Era. I haven't explored Ancient India yet so I would want to make a film on Buddha - on how Prince Siddhartha became Buddha; what happened to bring the change and the answers he found."
The filmmaker also commented on how his character's in Panipat were compared to that of Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani. Ashutosh explained, "The last film that comes out stays in our recent memory. Jodhaa Akbar was immediately compared to Mughle Azam, Bajirao Mastani to Jodhaa Akbar and Padmaavat to Bahubali. That's nothing to be worried about. Also, Panipat is still in the era of Peshwas - which revolves around Bajirao's next generation. So the costumes and their palace remain the same but the story is different." Panipat stars Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon in lead roles and is expected to hit theatres on December 6, 2019.