Director Krish has completely distanced himself from Manikarnika, the Kangana-driven Jhansi Ki Rani bio-pic. He is now focused on completing and releasing his other bio-pic on the life and cinema of the legendary N T Rama Rao on the same day as Manikarnika, the Rani Laxmibai bio-pic, on January 25 in 2019.
If this bizarre self-competition actually happens then Krish would be the first Indian director two have two bio-pics released on the same day. Of course, Manikarnika is not entirely Krish’s creation. The film’s titular leading lady Kangana Ranaut has shot and re-shot parts of the film. While officially this parting between Krish and the producers of Manikarnika was announced as “amicable” , insiders reveal that the parting was far from amicable.
A source from the inside says Krish “amputated” himself from Mankarnika to focus on the NTR bio-pic. He is now determined to put out his NTR bio-pic on the same day as Manikarnika.... A classic instance of cutting the nose to spite the face. Two bio-pics helmed by the same director would be too much of a burden for the Republic Day weekend.
Sources also reveal that there is political pressure in Krish to complete and release the NTR bio-pic ahead of the Andhra state elections in 2019. A source closely associated with Krish says the director is under severe pressure, “On the one hand the Rani Laxmibai bio-pic has slipped out of Krish’s hands. Kangana Ranaut has taken over the project with the tacit approval of the producers. On the other hand , the producers of the NTR bio-pic want their project out on the auspicious occasion of Pongal. Let’s hope something auspicious comes out of this self-competition for Krish.”
While there have been previous instances of the same director with two releases on the same Friday—David Dhawan’s Deewana Mastana and Mr & Mrs 55 were released on the same Friday—never before has a director in any part of the world released two bio-pics on the same Friday.
Kangana will not only face competition from this film but also from Super 30, yet another biopic directed by Vikas Bahl and starring her bete noire Hrithik Roshan.