Fortunately, veteran actress Zeenat Aman has recently joined the star studded cast of Ashutosh Gowarikar's Panipat. Panipat also features Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt. The Ashutosh Gowarikar directorial focusses on third battle of Panipat which took place on January 14, 1761. The battle was fought between the Marathas and the invading forces of the king of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali, supported by two Indian allies- the Rohilla Afghans of the Doab and Shujaud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh. Padmini Kolhapure, Mohnish Bahl and Kunal Kapoor commenced the shoot last December in Mumbai, which was followed by a marathon timetable in Rajasthan.
Confirming the news of Zeenat's role in Panipat, Ashutosh stated: “Zeenat ji will be seen in a cameo as Sakina Begum, a feisty character leading her province of Hoshiyarganj. Her character lives within the confines of her kingdom, aloof from the politics of the region, till Arjun’s Sadashiv Rao Bhau turns to her for help." He went to elaborate: "Anant Balani directed that film (Gawaahi- 1989) and went on to make Patthar Ke Phool (featuring Salman Khan and Raveena Tandon). It is an honor for me and a fan moment to be directing Zeenat ji. There are many of her films that I have loved and especially her work in them. Her humility despite her stardom is fascinating."
In conclusion, the director excitedly revealed that Zeenat Aman will join Panipat's shoot before the end of this week. "Her look is something that I cannot reveal as of now, but I am really excited about it and can’t wait to start shooting with her," he said. Panipat is set to release on December 6. Incidentally, it clashes with Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday’s upcoming movie – Pati Patni Aur Woh Remake.