Movie Synopsis: is a 2019 Indian biographical War period drama film based on the life of the Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. It is directed by Krish and Kangana Ranaut and produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti. The film stars Kangana Ranaut in the title role.
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Danny Denzongpa, Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta
Producers: Zee Studios, Kamal Jain, Nishant Pitti
Director: Krish and Kangana Ranaut
Release Date: 25th January
Kangana Ranaut has had a busy 2018 so far. She’s wrapped the shoots of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, in which she plays the titular ruler, and Mental Hai Kya, her second collaboration with Rajkummar Rao. In a conversation for Vive Le Cinema (presented by Grey Goose) she spoke to us on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival about the things that make her happy and why she values her critics more than her fans:
“No matter what I do… the people that I fight with in the industry – are they dying to work with me? Yes. They are. So eventually it’s about the business and everyone wants the best”. Not short on confidence, movie star Kangana Ranaut’s voice booms across the sprawling lawn inside The Westin, Pune. She is the guest on the Signature Masterclass – a show, now in its third season, that invites talent to talk about their unique journey to success.
What can we expect from Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, the biopic of the warrior queen who played an important role in the rebellion against the East India Company in 1857? A lot of Kangana Ranaut (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).
A blood-splattered Kangana Ranaut astride a horse charging towards her enemies, flashing a naked sword in the trailer of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, would have given many women goose bumps. The fierce look and the resolute strength she portrays give Indian women, repressed by a patriarchal system, something to cheer about. A desi version of the DC Comics’ science-fiction Wonder Woman, she does aerial flips, fights men and skillfully wields weapons.
On FC 10 Questions, actor Ankita Lokhande speaks to Sneha Menon Desai ahead of the release of her Bollywood debut Manikarnika starring Kangana Ranaut. Here the actor talks to us about making the switch from a long stint on TV with Pavitra Rishta opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, why she’ll always have TV to fall back on and how she would like to model her career in Bollywood.
How do you convert myth into movie? Manikarnika or the Rani of Jhansi is the stuff of legend. The warrior queen led an army against the British Empire. In 1858, she died on the battlefield at the age of 29. Her story is engraved into our consciousness. The visual of a woman warrior with a child strapped on to her back has been immortalized on film and television, in poems and plays. In fact, the first Indian film made in Technicolor was Sohrab Modi’s Jhansi ki Rani, which released 66 years ago, in January 1953. And even if we don’t know the entire poem by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, we all know that one immortal line in it – Khoob ladi mardani woh to Jhansi wali rani thi.
Watch the trailer here: