Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi


‘Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi’ has been released in threates for the audience to see and react. In this periodic film, Kangana Ranaut plays the titular role of Rani Laxmibai. Audience is accustomed to see Kangana as a modern, free-spirited girl but in ‘Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi’ for the first time she is enacting the role of a traditional woman and it’s time to see whether audience will accept Kangana in her new avatar.

The film is based on the bravest woman of the Indian history, Rani Laxmibai, the queen of Jhansi. Kanagna Ranaut plays the role of Manu aka Manikarnika. Manu was born in the town of Varanasi to a Marathi Karhade Brahmin family to Moropant Tambe (Manish Wadhwa), cousin of Nana Sahib.  Manu’s father worked for a court Peshwa of Bithoor district.

From childhood Manu was a strong and fearless girl. The Peshwa (Suresh Oberoi) likes her fearless avatar very much. Manu’s dynamic avatar caught the attention Dixit Ji of Jhansi (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) and one day he send marriage proposal to Manu. Dixit Ji wants someone brave and fearless for his state of Jhansi who could save his Jhansi from the British Raj. King Gangadhar Rao (Jisshu Sengupta) was least bothered about anything and he is more in arts and music.

Dixit Ji saw the power in Manikarnaika and he got her married to King Gangadhar Rao. After the marriage, Manu’s name changed to Laxmi and rest is about how Laxmibai fights fought bravely against the British till her last breath of her life and saved her motherland.

In terms of acting, Kangana Ranaut delivered a power packed performance. She roared like a lion and rocked the silver screen. Her warrior side will definitely impress the audience.

The supporting star cast like Jisshu Sengupta, Suresh Oberoi, Danny Denzongpa added to the movie’s excellence. Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkari Bai is excellent and she left an impression.

 Gnana Shekar V S and Kiran Deohans's cinematography is eye-catching. Action by Nick Powell, Todor Lazarov and Habib Riyaz's action especially sword fighting is mind-blowing. Neeta Lulla's costumes were perfect. Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara's background score added to the film’s tempo. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy fail to impress this time.

In the nutshell, ‘Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi’ is a delightful watch and highly recommended. Very rare movies are recommended for children but Manikarnika invites children of every age group to watch the great history of India.