Squeezing out some time from her hectic schedule, National award-winner Kangana Ranaut has started preparations for her role in acclaimed filmmaker Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s next directorial venture Panga.

Panga, which also stars Richa Chadha, Neena Gupta, Jassie Gill and Pankaj Tripathi, revolves around the sport of Kabaddi, but more that, the film tells the story of a family and its unyielding support for each member when the going gets tough.

The movie went on floors in November in Bhopal and completed its first schedule on December 6. Now the team will take a short break to provide time to Kangana Ranaut and Richa Chadha to train in the sport before the next schedule begins.

“It was important for us to finish this schedule before we start shooting the Kabaddi sequences. A month-and-a-half, I feel, is too short a time to learn a game like Kabaddi, but we are going to give it our all. National-level players like Gauri Wadekar, Vishwas More and Tarak Raul will train the actors. Kangana has been training physically, now she will begin full-fledged prep,” informs director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari.

Aside from Panga, Kangana Ranaut will also be seen in her much-awaited film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The period drama will be her first release in 2019, followed by Mental Hai Kya and, of course, Panga.