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Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019)

Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 25 January 2019 (USA)
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Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and her resistance to the British Rule.

Directors:

Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (as Krish Jagarlamudi), Kangana Ranaut

Writers:

Vijayendra Prasad (story and screenplay), Prasoon Joshi (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kangana Ranaut ... Manikarnika
Anil George ... Pir Ali
Rimi Sen ... Dalit Girl
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub ... Sadashiv Rao (as Zeeshan Ayub)
Mishti ... Kashibai
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Dixit
Edward Sonnenblick ... Captain Gordon
Atul Kulkarni ... Tatya Tope
Suresh Oberoi ... Peshwa Baji Rao II
Jishu Sengupta ... Maharaja Gangadhar Rao (as Jisshu Sengupta)
Danny Denzongpa ... Ghulam Muhammad Ghouse Khan
Suparna Marwah ... Rajamata
Vikram Kochhar ... Nana Saheb
Richard Keep ... General Hugh Rose
R. Bhakti Klein ... Lord Canning
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Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and her resistance to the British Rule.

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi See more »

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Budget:

INR 1,250,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the final phase of Manikarnika, Sonu Sood walked out from the film due to the busy schedule of Simba. Rumours went around saying that there is a fallout between Kangana and Sonu. However, at the end of the day Zeeshan Ayyub replaced Mr. Sood. See more »

Alternate Versions

In India, the film was given a UA certificate by the CBFC after following cuts were made:
  • Removed the scenes showing direct visualization of women being molested. around 1.19.03 to 1.19.15 hrs.
  • Added in the disclaimer, the mention of sources of the film and also the names of Historians consulted.
  • Replaced old disclaimer with new one in English and Hindi mentioning about cinematic liberties, fictionalization. Added sentence ''We do not intend to disrespect sentiments of any person(s) or community, religion, or nationality.''
  • Removed the close visual of the dead body of a British woman with her slit throat and a British child being forcefully dragged in the background. 1.16-1.17 hrs.
  • Reframed the close visual of a British soldier being killed by slitting his neck with a sword. 02:16:59:05 to 02:17:07:20.
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Mindblowing !
25 January 2019 | by lamemoviesguySee all my reviews

Literally, by the end of the movie my brain had been blown to bits - in a good way that is. The second half of the movies is so shockingly intense that I, for one, wanted to join in the battle, particularly because I saw the movie on a big screen. And that seems to be the main goal of the film-makers here - bring the legend of the great warrior queen, sensationalized not only by historical records but also a famous Hindi poem by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, alive on screen, so that you can live the experience of the events that occurred more than one and a half century ago. And how the film succeeds in doing so!

Performance (especially Kangana, though the supporting cast is exceptional too), costumes, score, cinematography - everything in the film works very well. Editing could have been better - in many places, the events feel disjointed, though admittedly, because the screenplay had to jump places, I cannot imagine what could have been done to make it more easy-flowing. Kangana;'s performance goes a full arc from an innocent but brave teenager, a wife and lover, a mother and to finally a patriotic warrior, and she nails every shade with priceless facial expressions.

To be clear, if you are expecting a multilayered biopic that explores the Rani's character in depth, this movie is not that and it is very obvious that the film-makers did not have that goal in mind. The Rani is therefore depicted somewhat like a real-life superwoman from the annals of history, and just like 'Gandhi' did for Karamchand Gandhi, everything in the film, including the supporting cast, has the sole purpose of polishing that image of Rani Laxmibai's as a virtuous warrior and a superwoman. I think it is very important for the audience to understand what expectations to go into the theater with.

Having said that, it should be mentioned that the audience will be treated to a pretty well-depicted backstory of the Rani's life in the first half - before she became the "veerangana" who fought the British. It would not be incorrect to say that if you love emotional drama, the first is your half of the movie and if you love action, the second is your half.

To conclude, you are in for a huge treat if you are Kangana's fan and if you have loved movies like 'Braveheart', 'Gladiator' and '300' - this movie glorifies the Rani's saga in pretty much the same manner that '300' glorified that of the Spartans.


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