Kangana Ranaut‘s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is just a few days away from its release and once again the film has landed in troubled waters. On Thursday, Karni Sena protested against the film’s release since they have a problem witn Rani Laxmibai’s relationship with a British Officer.
Not just that, they also claimed that there is a scene in the film where the Queen dances to a special number and that is against their tradition. Sukhdev Singh Shekhavat, National Head of the Karni Sena told Mid-Day, “Time and again, we have seen that filmmakers try to take liberties by showing certain scenes [with the purpose of] adding titillation. We won’t tolerate such nonsense”.
When asked further on why did Karni Sena wait for this long to raise an objection, Sukhdev said, “We had raised concerns in February last year. Despite the Supreme Court judgment, we didn’t allow Padmaavat to release in many states. Manikarnika will face the same consequence. We have requested the producers to show us the film before its release. If they release it [without showing it to us], we will damage property [theatres, here] and won’t be liable for it”.
Zee Studio’s spokesperson denied the allegations and said that no such affair is shown in the film. He said, “There is no affair shown in the film. Once the film releases on January 25, it will be clear. Manikarnika portrays Rani Laxmibai’s strength and bravery as she fought for her motherland. We are proud to present this film, and are confident that it will resonate across age groups”.
Manikarnika is a biopic on the life of one of the most celebrated female Indian warrior, Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai which is played by Kangana. The trailer opens by introducing Manikarnika as the fearless woman who’s also equally beautiful and vulnerable. She has the ability to woo anyone with both her strength and beauty. The film is slated to release on January 25.