Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi is releasing in theatres today. The Kangana Ranaut-starrer is all set to tell the tale of Rani Lakshmi Bai who fought against the Britishers back in the 19th Century to save Jhansi. The movie has been through its share of controversies. Kangana had to step into the shoes of the director, thus resulting in her directorial debut. The actress also faced harassment from the Karni Sena. After having to go through all of that, it is finally the D-day. While we’re eager to watch the movie, Kangana spoke to BollywoodLife and told us what she thinks will be the biggest takeaway from the movie.
The actress shared that since many viewers have been disconnected from Indian history, she hopes that the audience learn more about the freedom fighter. “When Rani Lakshmi Bai rose against the empire, it was illegal to write about her. You cannot talk about her because the press was handled by the British. So, when the British were ruling, she (Queen of Jhansi) was the enemy,” she explained. “We don’t know about our history. We don’t know the great people we’ve had in the past. So, it will bring about a connect,” she said adding that the movie will show the true essence of our history.
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The actress previously shared with BL how she went on to become an “accidental director.” She said, “When we saw the first edit, Krish was very happy with it. But the studio felt that this can be called 1857 Mutiny but it cannot be called Manikarnika. But Krish was sure that this was the movie he wanted to make but they (the studio) decided to go to the earlier script. And they were very sure that it has to be one woman’s journey, not the journey of independence.”
She added that since Krish was occupied with NTR, the reshoots wouldn’t have completed in time and hence, Kangana became the accidental director.
Manikarnika is set in the 1800s and tells the tale of the female freedom fighter. The movie has been directed by Krish and Kangana.
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