After the Padmaavat debacle, there were many fingers pointed toward Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika. With groups claiming that the film distorted history of the queen, Kangana decided to intervene, and it understandably was the last say. The actress slammed protesters who spoke against her upcoming film saying that there is nothing controversial in the film.
“There is nothing controversial in Manikarnika. It’s really bad on our part to even think about creating such controversies for a woman who gave a tough fight to the British rulers while fighting alone for the country’s sake,” she said to the press in Jodhpur. Kangana said that the queen was the “daughter of India” who made a significant contribution to the country’s independence clarifying that there is no love story in the film at all. “This movie is sure to instil a feeling of pride among the people. There is no love story angle in the film. The movie has been written by the scriptwriter of the superhit Bahubali. He is so impressed with the character that he has named his daughter Manikarnika too,” Kangana added.
Kangana didn't mince words while criticising them. “It is very lowly (neech baat) to even think like that about Rani Laxmibai. We cannot even think like that, the kind of things they are saying. What they are saying is actually defaming. There is nothing like that. It is idle talk and I don’t know why it is being said,” the actor told reporters at the venue. Reacting to Kangana’s comments, the Hindu outfit that had announced a fight against Manikarnika has withdrawn their agitation. Though they are saying that they are satisfied with the reasoning offered by the film producers and Kangana, the real reason behind calling off the stir is widely believed to be no support from the political parties and the media alike.
A Brahmin outfit in Rajasthan withdrew its protest on Saturday claiming that the filmmakers have given them a written assurance that there is no indecent portrayal of Rani Laxmibai in the Kangana Ranaut-starrer. The Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha (SBM) had threatened to disrupt the film’s shooting in Rajasthan alleging that Rani Laxmibai was portrayed as having an affair with an Englishman. “We had written a letter to the filmmakers around 15 days back asking for clarification on the issue. On Saturday, Kamal Jain, producer of the film, met and assured us that the film had no such storyline. After they gave us a written assurance to this effect, we have decided to withdraw our protest,” claimed SBM president Suresh Mishra. “Jain told me that the person who is writing the story of the film has been associated with films such as Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan and the film is not based on a book by Jaishree Misra, as we thought. We have withdrawn our protest but we want to make this clear once again that no distortion of history would be tolerated,” Mishra added.
Well, now that it’s all sorted, we can’t wait for the film to continue shooting, and release without any trouble!