President Ram Nath Kovind watched the special screening of Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The screening was organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday, January 18, where the cast of the film was also among the attendees. After the screening, President Kovind felicitated the cast of the film.

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Controversy: Karni Sena Denies Protesting Against The Kangana Ranaut Starrer, Claims They Have no Objections

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Controversy: Karni Sena Denies Protesting Against The Kangana Ranaut Starrer, Claims They Have no Objections

The pictures from the special screening were shared by the official Twitter handle of the President Kovind. The tweet reads, “President Kovind watched a special screening of the film ‘Manikarnika’, based on the life of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre; felicitated the cast and crew of the film.”

Kangana Ranaut, who plays the titular role and has also directed the film, attended the event along with film’s writer Prasoon Joshi.

For the screening, Kangana opted to wear an ivory saree. She teamed up her look with minimal makeup, tight hair bun and a studded choker. Pictures were also shared on the Instagram by the actress official handle. The post reads, “The Queen and the honourable President of India along with eminent leaders, and dignitaries attend the historic screening of Manikarnika at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. A historic moment for the Hindi film industry.”

Check out the pictures here:

Currently, the Maharashtra wing of the Karni Sena protested against the film on Thursday, January 17, alleging that the period drama “alludes to Rani Laxmibai’s relationship with a British officer”. The reports also said Karni Sena is opposed to the film showing the queen dancing to a special number, saying it is against tradition. They asked the makers of the film to show them the movie before its release.

The film is a biopic on the life of one of the most celebrated female Indian warrior, Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai. Kangana plays the titular role. Directed by Krish Jagarlamudi, the movie also features Ankita Lokhande, Jisshu Sengupta and Zeeshan Ayyub in pivotal roles. It is all set to hit the screens on January 25.