Actress Rashmika Mandanna recently concluded the filming of the historical drama ‘Chhaava,’ directed by Laxman Utekar. This marks her first collaboration with Bollywood star Vicky Kaushal, who portrays the lead role of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, with Rashmika playing his wife, Yesubai Bhonsale.
Expressing her gratitude towards director Laxman Utekar in an Instagram post, Rashmika marvelled at his ability to manage a massive set with around 1,500 working individuals with calm and poise. She acknowledged the director's visionary approach, stating, "Sir, you have seen me as Yesubai when no one in the world could’ve even thought about this, and I truly wonder how…but watching those visuals makes me tear up.”
In a touching revelation, Rashmika shared a special moment with her mother on set, where her performance moved her mom to tears. She expressed, "You’ve gotten a performance out of me that I am excited for the world to watch.”
Rashmika also showered praise on her co-star Vicky Kaushal, affectionately calling him Maharaj. She described the experience of working with him as a pleasure, highlighting his warmth and kindness.
Rashmika playfully added, “Maharaj, it’s been such a pleasure working with you. You are just too warm and kind (except for the last day when you were just taking my case) but most days you were amazing. I am kidding, you are such a gem. I will always wish the best for you man. Was such a pleasure. Mom has told me to convey regards to you.”
In response to Rashmika's heartfelt post, Vicky Kaushal reposted it on his Instagram story, expressing how much the set is missing Rashmika's warmth and energy. He commended her resilience, stating, "People don’t know that the smile you have on your worst days is bigger and better than the smile most have on their best days. Major inspiration! Thank you for being our Yesubai…and my regards to Aunty as well. Oh, and btw…what are you thinking now?”
‘Chhaava ’ is reported to be a period drama delving into the bravery, sacrifice, and wartime strategies of Sambhaji Maharaj. The film is anticipated to portray an emotional love story, depicting the relationship between Sambhaji Maharaj and his wife, Yesubai Bhonsale.