I loved every minute of it: Kangana on ”˜Manikarnika ”“ The Queen of Jhansi’

By Neena Badhwar

”˜Manikarnika ”“ the Queen of Jhansi’ in cinemas from January 25

When Sadguru visited sets of ”˜Manikarnika ”“ The Queen of Jhansi’ at the invitation of Kangana Ranaut, he said to the press, “Jhansi Ki Rani is a heroic figure in India and definitely if her story is being told through cinema we ought to see it,” he added on Karni Sena’s threat to Kangana which had earlier set the country alight during ”˜Padmavat’ days, “You see cinema is cinema, you want to see it you see it and if you don’t want to see it you don’t have to. There is a law in our country which should act and nobody should be able to threaten anybody.”

Remembers Kangana of her first day of shoot when Nihal Pandey struck her with the sword on her forehead by mistake and that she had to have twenty stitches in the wound thus caused, “My face and eyes were covered in blood.”

Kanagan Ranaut as Rani Ki Jhansi with her horse Badal

Says Kangana that to jump perched on a horse from the top of a fort or perform such daring acts as the brave queen did, it was quite challenging, each day, every day was full of events, those heavy costumes it being a period drama, “I enjoyed every minute of it.”

“And then the director Krish left in the middle. For me to be with actors and then run to the monitors wearing those heavy costumes and jewellery and to manage directing and acting at the same time, dealing with questions from hundreds of actors, it was pretty intense. Normally actors can just sit in their luxury suites but for me, I don’t know I was most comfortable in this job. I think it is my first love.”

Then Sonu Sood who had changed his look at the same time to shoot for the movie ”˜Simmba’ says Kangana, “We had to tweak the look and reshoot some scenes with him as he had grown a beard, so we did some earlier scenes of the movie where he sports a thin moustache.”

On the sets

Manikarnika ”“ the Queen of Jhansi releases on January 25th,  on Friday all over the world including Australia. It does seem that Kangana Ranaut has really put her whole self into this action packed film including direction. The film releases in Tamil and Telugu version as well.  

Produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, the film stars Kangana Ranaut in title role. A special screening of the film was organized by Zee Entertainment for His excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Cultural Centre on 18 January in presence of Kangana Ranaut and her team before release of the film on 25 January 2019. After watching the film the President felicitated the artists and crew of the film.

Being released around January 26, the Republic Day of India, it is great tribute to the Rani of Jhansi who fought like a warrior against the British, she is remembered  as the ”˜courageous queen’ who was named Laxmibai after the Goddess Lakshmi though her original name was Manikarnika. Laxmibai  was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and became a symbol of resistance to the British Raj for Indian nationalists.

”“ ”˜Khoob Ladi Mardani Wo Toh Jhansi Wali Raani Thi’ is a folk lore sung in praise of her bravery by every child of India till today.

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