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Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, who recently wrapped up Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment’s Bachchan Pandey, is moving on to shoot his next film, titled Ram Setu. Also starring Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha in lead roles, the high-profile project is being directed by Abhishek Sharma, while well-known writer-director Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is attached as creative producer.

The latest we hear that Akshay Kumar, along with his director and creative producer, will jet off to Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on March 18 to give the mahurat shot of Ram Setu from Ram Janmabhoomi.

Director Abhishek Sharma says that Kumar’s look in Ram Setu is inspired by several Indian and international professional archaeologists. “Akshay sir plays an archaeologist and his look and character are inspired by several Indian and international professional archaeologists who work in the field. In terms of both look and character, Akshay sir’s fans are in for a totally new avatar of his,” says the filmmaker.

Talking about Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha’s characters, Sharma shares, “They both play strong, independent women with well-etched out parts. We are keeping their looks under wraps for now.”

It was Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who is directing Akshay Kumar in Yash Raj Films’ much-awaited period drama Prithviraj, came up with the idea of starting the Ram Setu journey in Ayodhya. “What better way to embark upon the journey of Ram Setu than to kick-off at the very birth place of Lord Ram. Having visited Ayodhya several times myself, I suggested to Akshay and the team that we should launch the production schedule with blessings from the holy temple of Lord Ram. We are scheduled to hold our mahurat shot in Ayodhya and commence our filming on an auspicious note.”

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Tags: Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Sharma, Ram Setu