Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is an Indian epic biographical period drama based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, starring Kangana Ranaut as the Jhansi ki Rani. The movie is directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Kangana Ranaut and produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti. The movie released on 25th January 2019 worldwide. A special screening of the movie was organized by the Zee Entertainment for the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Cultural Centre on 18th January 2019. The President of the country felicitated the artist and crew of the movie after watching the film.
If put simply, Kangana Ranaut owns the movie. The movie sets up a world where the women execute war while the men dance and matchmake. Kangana Ranaut’s character shows the men how it’s done, fencing expertly while running across the back of horses and onto that of an elephant. The movie is historically accurate and the story is very catchy. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi salutes the lengendary queen, Rani Laxmi of Jhansi, but the film stretches for too long and gets a bit boring here and there. There is a straightforwardness in the movie but lacks creativity.
Kangana Ranaut has played her part glouriously. Full of confidence, she cuts down her enemy soldiers with the right amount of anger. The full name of Jhansi ki Rani Laxmibai was Manikarnika Tambe, and the film informed the audience that she was nicknamed Manu. It doesn’t feel like a coincidence that she was called Manu, considering how her Tanu weds Manu and Tanu weds Manu returns played big on the box office and won audience’s heart. The film comes when Kangana Ranaut has waged war with the film industry’s big shots and the message is very loud and clear, the actress is capable of capturing the box office on her own, she needs no man. The first credit displays directed by Kangana Ranaut which gives out a message for all.