After ‘Padmavati’, Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut’s highly-anticipated film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ is the latest Bollywood film to get embroiled in a controversy.
This is painfully similar to the Padmaavat row, where Bhansali was accused of depicting a romantic dream sequence between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini.
Brahmin Mahasabha in Rajasthan has risen up against Kangana Ranaut’s film, alleging that the film shows a love scene between Rani Laxmibai and a British officer.
In a recent interaction, Kangana addressed the growing controversy about Manikarnika. “It is very lowly (neech baat) to even think like that about Rani Laxmibai. We cannot even think like that, the kind of things they are saying. What they are saying is actually defaming. There is nothing like that. It is idle talk and I don’t know why it is being said. There is nothing controversial in Manikarnika. It’s really bad on our part to even think about creating such controversies for a woman who gave a tough fight to the British rulers while fighting alone for the country’s sake,” she said.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, is based on the life of the brave queen, Rani Laxmibai. Kangana asserted that the film would instil a sense of pride in people. She said that the queen was the “daughter of India”, and she made a significant contribution to the country’s independence.
Producer of the film, Kamal Jain had also cleared his stance, saying, “As responsible filmmakers, we have taken utmost care while portraying Rani Laxmibai’s character and have consulted historians and scholars. Rani Laxmibai was a freedom fighter and one of the most respected leaders our country has seen. She is a symbol of valour and the film’s story depicts the same.”
The book in question, ‘Rani’ was banned in Uttar Pradesh by the Mayawati government in 2008. It reportedly showcases the alleged romantic relationship between Rani Laxmibai and Englishman.