You probably vividly remember Karni Sena’s vehement opposition to Padmaavat’s release last year. From death threats and attacks on Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to vandalism on the sets of the film; the filmmakers faced flak and a major uproar. In fact, there was even a bounty placed on Deepika Padukone’s head for her portrayal of Queen Padmini. Nevertheless, the movie saw national and international success.
This time around, Karni Sena is in the news for protesting yet another period drama. They’re standing against Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, but actor Kangana Ranaut won’t have it!
Manikarnika tells the story of Jhansi’s Rani Laxmi Bai, who was among the leaders of the 1857 Mutiny against the East India Company. NDTV reports that the Maharashtra wing of Karni Sena wrote a letter to the filmmakers of the movie. They allegedly said-
“If image of Rani Laxmi Bai is maligned in the film or if she is shown to be the lover of some Britisher then the makers will face consequences.”
Rani Laxmi Bai, whose real name was Manikarnika, was born into a Marathi family living in Varanasi before marrying the ruler of Jhansi. Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi has actress Kangana Ranaut starring as the venerated queen.
It seems the filmmakers have done their due diligence and even obtained a certificate from the Central Board Of Film Certification. Despite this, Ranaut claims that the Karni Sena is ‘harassing’ her over the film. She has hit back strongly at the Rajput fringe group and issued a statement declaring-
“Four historians have certified Manikarnika, we have got censor certificate as well, Karni Sena has been conveyed this but they are continuing to harass me.
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“If they don’t stop then they should know
I am also a Rajput and I will destroy each one of them,” Kangana Ranaut said.
The actress has never hesitated from speaking her mind and seems to strongly stand with the flick slated for release next Friday. Quite a passion project for Ranaut, Manikarnika is also jointly directed by herself and Krish. Kangana also produces the film and stars in it alongside Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni and Jisshu Sengupta.
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