Real heroes are what drives Kangana Ranaut and apparently the actress has set her own standards so high, frivolous fiction just doesn’t cut it anymore! She channelled Hindi cinema’s first action star, Mary Evans, aka Fearless Nadia, in Rangoon, followed by Simran, a biopic loosely based on Sandeep Kaur, a non-resident Indian (NRI) in the United States who was convicted of four bank robberies. Kangana is currently near obsessed with her character, as she films Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, a retelling of the life of the brave queen of Jhansi. And now, Kangana has evidently landed herself another real life-inspired role that will mark her out as the Biopic Queen of Bollywood.
Word has it that the fiery actress will essay Arunima Sinha, the world’s first woman amputee to scale Mount Everest, in a biopic made on her life. The film will be a gripping tale of guts and glory, as it relives the journey of Arunima Sinha, a national level volleyball player who was pushed out of a running train by robbers in 2011, while resisting them. She survived the attack, which left one of her legs amputated below the knee. It was while she was undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, that she resolved to climb Mount Everest, inspired by cricketer Yuvraj Singh (who had successfully battled cancer). She excelled in the basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, and was encouraged by her elder brother Omprakash to climb Everest. And she did, with a prosthetic leg arranged by raising funds, after a gruelling climb. She took 52 days to reach the summit.
This stirring story now prepares to be told on celluloid, with the more than competent Kangana sure to do ample justice to the role. Apparently, it was Arunima herself who took the final call on the casting, choosing Kangana over Kriti Sanon. The film will apparently be shot in March 2018, in a start to end 60-day schedule, and Kangana is expected to sign on formally once the Rani Lakshmibai biopic schedule in Jaipur ends in December. While the scripting has begun, the director will be finalised in a month.
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