‘Takht’: Who is playing who in the Karan Johar directorial

After a string of successful productions, Karan Johar is all set to return to direction after a gap of two years since his last directorial ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’.

It was rumoured for a while that Karan was working on a two-hero project and now we know exactly what is it about.

Karan announced the title of his next flick – ‘Takht’ on August 9. “An incredible story embedded in history…An epic battle for the majestic Mughal throne… A story of a family, of ambition, of greed, of betrayal, of love & of succession…TAKHT is about WAR for LOVE….(sic),” Karan wrote.

He announced the film’s lead cast in his succeeding tweet. ‘Takht’ will feature Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Bhumi Pednekar, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor.

This is the first time when Karan Johar, who is a self-admitted fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s grand period dramas, will be trying his hand at a historic film.

In an interview with Film Companion, Karan explained, “It’s about two warring brothers and it’s based on facts…It’s like the K3G (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) of the Mughal era. But it’s more extreme, there is more betrayal. It has the tropes of court politics. It’s so rich in texture.”

While it’s not yet known when exactly will the film go on floors, the poster mentions that ‘Takht’ will hit the cinemal halls in 2020.

Karan Johar’s annoucement has led to a lot of speculations. As per a Bollywood Hungama report, Anil Kapoor will play the role of Shah Jahan in the film.  He is known to be one of the most competent Mughal Emperors but was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb during the war of succession. 
(Painting image source: Pixels.com, posted by Devendra Sharma)
Kareena Kapoor Khan will reportedly essay the role of Anil’s daughter and Ranveer Singh and Vicky Kaushal’s sister – Jahanara Begum. Kareena agreed to do the part not just because of her bond with Karan Johar but also because of the fabulous role she plays.  She was a highly influential lady in the Mughal court during Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb’s reigns. She was known to speak her mind.
(Kareena’s image source: Vogue, Tena Durani’s Bridal Wear Collection.
Painting image source: British Library Online)
That the film is going to be about two warring brothers was already known but there was a lot of confustion around who will play the ruthless ruler Aurangzeb. But DNA was the first one to confirm that the film will see Vicky play Aurangzeb while Ranveer Singh will be seen essaying the role of his elder brother Dara Shikoh’s part. According to legend, there was a tussle between the two brothers over the throne, which is the literal translation of the word takht
(Vicky’s Image source: TMM India Instagram
Painting’s Image source: 
www.wonders-of-the-world.net)
Ranveer Singh, who played Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat, will star as Shah Jahan (Anil Kapoor) and Mumtaz Mahal’s elder son, Dara Shikoh. He was favoured as a successor by his father and his older sister, Princess Jahanara Begum (Kareena Kapoor Khan), but was defeated and later killed by his younger brother, Aurangzeb in a historic battle for the imperial throne. 
(Ranveer Singh’s image source: Youtube grab
Painting image source: YouTube)
Alia Bhatt will most likely play the role of Mughal princess Begum Nadira Banu, first-cousin and wife of Dara Shukoh (Ranveer Singh).
(Alia Bhatt’s image source: Bazaar Bride Instagram
Painting image source: British Library Online)
The role of Aurangzeb’s chief consort Dilras Banu Begum will allegedly be played by Bhumi Pednekar. 
(Bhumi’s image source: Instagram
Painting image source: Pictify)
There is enough evidence of the existence of female slaves in the Mughal harems. And, Janhvi Kapoor, who recently made her Bollywood debut with ‘Dhadak’, will play one of them in the film. 
(Janhvi Kapoor image source: Twitter
Painting image source: Wikipedia)

All images used above are for representation purposes only.


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