Parineeti Chopra

Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra will play the lead actress in Akshay Kumar-starrer “Kesari,” which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—Parineeti Chopra has been locked as the lead actress of Akshay Kumar-starrer "Kesari." She is excited to be part of the project.

Producer Karan Johar announced via Twitter on Jan. 10.

"The lead actress in ‘Kesari' is Parineeti Chopra," he wrote.

Chopra tweeted: "So excited to be a part of this legendary journey! Thank you Karan Johar, Akshay Kumar, Anurag Singh."

The shooting of the Anurag Singh directorial began last week. It is based on the Battle of Saragarhi.

Akshay Kumar has called it his "most ambitious film." He shared his first look from the movie, and he is seen sporting a saffron turban and a beard.

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