Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi has hit the screens today and as expected, the lady is receiving positive response for her spectacular performance. The movie sings the praises of Rani Laxmibai and her struggle for independence. Popular TV actress Ankita Lokhande made her Bollywood debut with this film. It will be interesting to see how the movie performs at the box office. Manikarnika is fighting the box office battle with Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Thackeray.

The film mired into controversies ever since its making. Firstly, Sonu Sood left the project which started a war of words between him and Kangana. This is known to all that the latter has directed some portions of the film. She stated that Sonu walked out of the project as he didn’t want to work under a female director. Later, threats from Karni Sena created hurdles. However, the movie is released and is receiving positive response.

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Earlier, while talking about the film, Kangana told Indian Express, “Usually, it’s easy to play a character that is flawed, but to take up the role of someone who was a perfect woman, was not. I felt uncomfortable when I started shooting for the film because it needed so much faith, trust and devotion. When I signed Manikarnika, my first thought was ‘How come nobody has done a film on Rani Laxmi Bai yet?’ So, I consider it a sheer stroke of luck that I am doing it. We have also tried to keep the history as precise as possible”.

Manikarnika is directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlmudi. The project is bankrolled by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain & Nishant Pitti.

On a related note, the actress will be seen sharing the screen space with Rajkummar Rao in Mental Hai Kya.