Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi


'Chhabili' Manikarnika's (Kangana Ranaut) courage and valour is established right from her introductory scene where we see her having a face-off with a ferocious tiger (The shoddy VFX is laughable here). She's an ace in horsemanship and fencing and soon catches the attention of Kulbhushan Kharbanda. He is keen to get her married to Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar of Jhansi (Jisshu Sengupta). Soon, Manikarnika becomes Rani Laxmibai. Soon, she gives birth to a boy whom they name Damodar Rao. Unfortunately, the infant doesn't live long leaving Rani Laxmibai and the entire kingdom in sorrow. When the East India Company comes up with the 'doctrine of lapse', the king and the queen adopt a boy and name him after their deceased son. However, Gangadhar Rao too succumbs to his ill-health and Rani Lakshmibai takes over the reigns of Jhansi proclaiming, "Laxmi vidwa hui hai, uski Jhansi abhi bhi suhagan hain."

Manikarnika The Queen of Jhansi is a Bollywood biographical-drama based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, who fought against the British East India Company, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The movie stars Kangana Ranaut, Jisshu Sengupta, Atul Kulkarni, Sonu Sood etc., in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Kangana Ranaut and is produced by Zee Studios, Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti under the banner Kairos Kontent Studios Pvt.Ltd.

The rest of the film revolves around how Rani Laxmibai refuses to surrender Jhansi to the British Raj. Kiran Deohans and Gnana Shekar V S has wielded the camera for Manikarnika The Queen of Jhansi.