Direction: Kangana Ranaut and Krish
Production: Kairos Kontent Studios
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Atul Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta, Richard Keep
Music: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Sanchit Balhara & Ankit Balhara
Cinematography: Kiran Deohans & Gnana Shekar V.S.
Editor: Rameshwar Bhagat & Suraj Jagtap
After the release of Director Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali’ and ‘Baahubali 2’, there has been a great expectation for Kangana Ranaut’s first directorial ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ Movie Review by movie lovers and also the entire Indian Cinema such that there has been a great talk about the grand efforts made by the cast and the crew in set designing, stunts and also in emotional drama part. However it has been after 1 year of ‘Rangoon’ and ‘Simran’, Kangana Ranaut’s performance in this epic drama has a great welcoming. Having a good opening let this review give the readers a brief idea about how ‘Manikarnika’ has been the prideful revolutionary fighter in India.
Manikarnika grows as a naughty and brave kid from the childhood whereas she is then married to the King of ‘Jhansi’ in the view to save the motherland from ‘East India Company’. She finds the country people, several emperors and kings and also her own husband, Gangadhar Rao, King of Jhansi being trapped in the fear on British rulers. On the other hand, she is fed up with the comments and traditional values which people follow as a female and is laid back as a passive queen ‘Rani Laxmi’ but tries helping through her genuine hands to the common people. She understands the problems which makes everyone to bow for British rulers such that she watches every province to be taken over because of the fear and the strong soldiers’ background of British. She first loses her new born kid, Damador Rao which is then continued to the death of her husband who gets promise from ‘Laxmi’ to change over to ‘Manikarnika’ and save the mother country. How Manikarnika will save Jhansi and prove herself to be the true Indian? After becoming a widow how she is going to rule the throne? How will she take care of her adopted kid? How ‘Manikarnika’ will remove all the clutches of the powerful British rulers? The brave soul’s sword tells how the blood shedding patriotic story of ‘Manikarnika’: The Queen of Jhansi’!
Unlike the other period epic movies, the writing in ‘Manikarnika’ has lot of drama such that the values of being an Indian and the wide view to think about the future to have freedom to breathe in our own country has been fed in each and every frame. If we compare to the epic movies like ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmaavat’, one important think which is very appreciative is showing the prideful bravery of women even if she has many restrictions in the past traditional society and more sentiments for country even while death is neared. Dialogues and screenplay seemed powerful in the first part and has been slowed down in the second part which is then followed with little weak featuring in CG portions. The entire movie had so much drama whereas it was not fulfilling up to the standards of ‘Baahubali’ with the moments of creating goose bumps and mass. Stunts were powerful such that it would have been very interesting if the music and background score is well executed. Cinematography seems to be colorful in every frame whereas the cast involving Kangana in the lead Rani Laxmibai role, the cameo appearances of Atul Kulkarni as 'Tatya Tope', Jisshu Sengupta as 'Gangadhar Rao', Richard Keep as 'General Hugh Rose', Suresh Oberoi as 'Bajirao II', Shankar’s ‘Endhiran’ fame Danny Denzongpa as 'Ghulam Ghaus Khan' and the romance between Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Ankita Lokhande has been descent in the portions they have appeared.
On the whole, ‘Manikarnika’: The Queen of Jhansi’ is an awakening of women power in the society abided with traditional values with sword fights and feelings of patriotism.
‘Manikarnika’: The Queen of Jhansi’ is the grand and descent show as a contribution to ‘girl power’!
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