Known for her strong-headedness, actress Kangana Ranaut recently revealed that donning the director’s hat for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi was a daunting task given the lack of appreciation she received as her previous attempts had flopped. Hence, to debut as a director became challenging for her and she revealed in an interview to a leading news agency, “I think it got difficult because my films didn’t work. I think for people, it became difficult to trust me with money. The mathematics is very simple – if your film earns, then you can. I am sure after this film my credibility would be more and one flop wouldn’t hurt me.”
Fighting against all odds, Kangana shared an insight from her own share of battles in her cinematic journey, “There has been a time when I was let down by my directors. There have been great performances but the movies haven’t lived up to the expectations. You will never know until you do it.”
Calling directors the unsung heroes of any movie, Kangana told Pinkvilla how people refused to back her initiative, “People have been so unappreciative of my directorial debut. Everyone is saying why am I directing as they love me as an actor. I think directors are unsung heroes. They don’t get paid that much barring a few who are producing their own films. Even the biggest status matters on who they signed on with and that’s why you see these directors going to all the big stars.”
The film is a biopic on the life of one of the most celebrated female Indian warrior, Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai with Kangana playing the titular role. Also starring Ankita Lokhande and Danny Denzongpa, the movie will release on January 25.