After Padmaavat, Manikarnika attracts the wrath of fringe groups
Rajasthan is back in the news over films. After the debacle with Padmaavat, a little-known right wing group from the state has come out in opposition to Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. According to reports, the president of the Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha, Suresh Mishra, requested the government of Rajasthan on Monday, February 5 to stop the filming of Manikarnika as according to them, the movie distorts historical facts about Rani Laxmibai. Manikarnika is a biographical film about the Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai.
Mishra said that the shooting would be permitted only if the filmmakers ensure the omission of controversial scenes in the film. Speaking at a press conference, the group said that they would escalate agitations if the state government failed to reply to their demands in three days.
"Our sources have told us that the filmmakers are shooting for a love song in which Rani Laxmibai is seen with a British agent of East India Company. We suspect the producers are making the film based on the controversial book 'Rani' written by Jaishree Misra," said Mishra.
On January 9, the group had written a letter to Manikarnika’s producer Kamal Jain, requesting him to share information on the writers and historians who were consulted.
"In order to check that the issue doesn't blow up like Padmaavat, the government must ensure nothing controversial is shown in the film. It should get an undertaking from the producers," said the Mahasabha.
The makers of the film have recently issued a statement saying: "The film doesn't portray anything objectionable about Rani Laxmibai and nor has the film distorted the history in anyway. The film showcases Rani Laxmibai in a most respectful manner and is an inspirational story which every kid and every member of a family would love to see."
Manikarnika is being filmed in Malsisar in Jhunjunu. Some scenes were shot at Amer Fort in Jaipur and also at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.