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Rani to play Begum Samru in Tigmanshu next

Mumbai: Director Tigamanshu Dhulia would soon make a period film based on the life of Begum Samru, most likely with actress Rani Mukherjee. The period movie is based on the life of Begam Samru who started her career as a nautch girl in 18th Century India, and eventually became the ruler of Sardhana, a principality near Meerut.

"I had written the script for `Begum Samru` four-five years back. I had written something earlier first.. now making changes in it. There is some time for `Begum Samru`. But I will definitely make that film," Tigmanshu told PTI.

Tigmanshu, who is basking in the glory of recent hits like `Paan Singh Tomar` and `Saheb Biwi Gangster`, had approached the `No One Killed Jessica` star for the film.
"I had approached Rani. Besides her, I haven`t approached anyone yet," he said.

Begam Samru played a key role in the political power struggle in 18th and 19th century. She was the head of a professionally trained mercenary army, inherited from her European mercenary husband, Walter Reinhardt Sombre. This mercenary army consisted of Europeans and Indians.

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