Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat faced a lot of difficulties before it’s release. The movie’s release had been deferred because of the riots of Karni Sena who said that the movie had some dreamy scenes between Padmavati and Khilji.
Well, now it looks like Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming movie, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is drawing opposition in Rajasthan on a similar ground. The film is based on the nineteenth-century queen of Jhansi, Laxmi Bai, a prominent figure in Indian modern history.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, Suresh Mishra, the president of the Sarva Brahman Mahasabha (SBM) told the daily, “We learnt about it from our friends and acquaintances in various parts of Rajasthan where some scenes of the film are being shot. The film is based on a foreigner’s book and tries to dampen the queen’s reputation,” said Mishra.
The producer of the movie also spoke about the same, “The film shows Rani Laxmibai in a respectful manner. We have taken care about portraying her including consulting historians and scholars in Jhansi. She was a freedom fighter and one of the most respected leaders our country has seen. She is a symbol of valour in our country. The film’s story depicts the same. The film doesn’t portray anything objectionable about her. There is no love affair depicted in the film and there is no distortion of history in any way. It pains me to hear these statements about one of the greatest leaders India has seen. Is this what independence means? We are making a film which depicts the real story of Rani Laxmibai. Having said that, we are open and willing to show the script (to people who might have doubts). We have nothing to hide. We are proud to be making a film and want the world to see one of the greatest leaders of India. This film is a tribute to Rani Laxmibai.”
The organization has few queries related to Kangana’s characters, hence they wrote a letter for the same, “Nobody can even imagine that Maharani Laxmi Bai could have an affair. She died fighting the British at a young age. If a film is to be made on her life, it should be a biopic.”