Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Elakshi Gupta is thrilled about making her Bollywood debut with "Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior", which is about the battle of Sinhagad in 1670 that was fought between Tanhaji Malusare and Udaybhan Singh Rathod. She says she felt like she was living in "that moment of the Maratha kingdom".
"I am playing the character of Soyarabai who was the wife of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. She was a strong woman. The most amazing part was the grand set of the film and the realistic feel of that era that it gave. Everyone around was in the Maratha look, in the royal attire. I felt like I was living in that moment of the Maratha kingdom," Elakshi told IANS.
"I am paired opposite Sharad Kelkar who is playing the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the film. My scenes were with (actor) Ajay Devgn and it was great working with him. He was very grounded and kind to everyone," she added about Ajay, who plays Tanhaji Malusare in the upcoming film.
Though Elakshi has featured in the web series "Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala", she is relatively new in the field. She has a background in modelling and is a dental surgeon too. Still, she didn't face any problem while working on the big budget film.
"The whole team was very nice and the comfort was there, so I didn't face any problem as an actor. Also, I was observing the performances of the actors from whom I learnt many things. I am thankful that I got this project with a healthy and positive working environment," she said.
She is now looking forward to playing strong woman characters which she feels goes with her personality.
"I always wish to spread a positive message and if in the future, I get an opportunity to play such a role I would definitely grab it," she said.
"Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior", produced by Ajay Devgn's ADF and Bhushan Kumar's T-Series, has been directed by Om Raut and will release on January 10, 2020.
Panaji, Jan 22 (IANS) With the Goa Chief Minister maintaining that the Lokayukta's report on illegal renewal of 88 mining leases in the coastal state in 2015 is "recommendatory" only, the state Congress on Wednesday said it will approach the CBI for a probe.
Goa Lokayukta P.K. Mishra had on Tuesday indicted former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, former Mines Secretary P.K. Sain and Mining and Geology Department Director Prasanna Acharya and directed the state government to order a CBI probe into the matter.
"The state government has a lot to hide. Therefore, it is not ordering a CBI probe, which is why we -- as an opposition party -- will file the plaint before the Central Bureau of Investigation based on the Lokayukta's orders," Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar told reporters here.
"We will also seek a probe into the role of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the case," he added.
Parsekar, who was the Chief Minister from 2014-17, Sain and Prasanna Acharya were indicted for illegal renewals of mining leases in "haste", after nearly a dozen mining leases were similarly renewed during Parrikar's tenure.
After Chief Minister Pramod Sawant appeared reluctant on the CBI probe order on the ground that "the Goa Lokayukta report is recommendatory", Chodankar said that the Congress would move the CBI due to Sawant's "lacklustre response" on the matter.