The volume of artistes walking out of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is likely to grow in the coming days and weeks. The latest creative protest against the film's leading lady's high-handed takeover of the directorial reins comes from the film's official screenwriter Vijayendra Prasad.
Reliable sources from the film's team say the veteran writer whose most recent triumph was the spectacularly scripted Baahubali, has put in his papers. " Thrown in the towel is more like it . Vijayendraji just got tired of the constant interference in his writing .He was being told what to change and how to project certain characters," says the source.
The breaking point came when additional scenes and lines were written on the set. “ That' s when he decided enough was enough," says the source. Vijayendra Prasad remained unavailable for comment.
This development a few days after the huge controversy created by Sonu Sood’s exit. Sonu was playing a pivotal part but he walked out of the project ostensibly because he had given dates for Rohit Shetty’s Simmba starring Ranveer Singh. Kangana had fuelled a controversy by saying that Sonu walked out because he didn’t want to work with a female director. This led Sonu to retaliate that it was the competence and not the gender of the director that mattered. He also reminded Kangana that his biggest hit had been under a female director Farah Khan (Happy New Year).
Kangana had taken over the directorial reins of the film after original director Krish walked out since he was busy with another project. But as it turned out, stories did the rounds that Krish was shown the door and Kangana had taken over.