Actress Khushi Shah is playing the lead role in Gujarati cinema's first-ever historical period drama film 'Nayika Devi'.
The film is about India's first female warrior named Nayika Devi who was a warrior queen in the 12th century. It is the tale of the Chalukya queen of Gujarat who not only ruled Patan for years but also overthrew the great Muhammad Ghori on the battlefield in 1178.
The multilingual actress shares how she was roped in for the role of Nayika Devi in the film.
Khushi said: "Nayika Devi came as a surprise to me. The producer was looking for the right script to work and then they came across Nayika Devi. I loved the story when they narrated it. Then our producer gave me a surprise that I will be playing the lead role for the movie. I gave an audition and was done with a script reading test for the role. Looking at which the producer said I am the perfect match for this role considering my personality and I would give my best shot for this movie. That is how I landed up in 'Nayika Devi'."
Khushi's co-actor Chirag Jani portrays the role of her husband in the film. The film has an ensemble cast comprising Rahul Dev, Manoj Joshi, Binda Rawal, Jayesh More, Chetan Dahiya, Mamata Sonia, among others.
The shooting of the film hasn't started yet. However, the film's teaser was released in July.
Images: Khushi Shah on Instagram