Just one week before its release, Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi seems to have run into a bit of trouble. Karni Sena trouble to be specific. The tormentors of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's Padmaavat are back issuing threats and this time it's Kangana's first film as a director. The Ranaut girl refuses to back down and is willing to fight this battle with the Sena. She has now exclusively issued a statement to in.com stating that she ain't scared of their threats.
"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. If they don’t stop then they should know I am also a Rajput and I will destroy each one of them," says Kangana. Something tells us that this isn't the last we've heard on this latest controversy surrounding Kangana's directorial debut.
CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi himself has been closely involved with the film. Joshi has penned the dialogues and lyrics of the songs in the film and was even present at the launch of the song ‘Bharat’ earlier this week.
This isn’t the first issue that Kangana Ranaut is having to deal with. During the making of the film last year, Kangana took over the directorial reins of the film that so far was being shot by Telugu director Krish Jagarlamudi. In August last year, Kangana issued a statement that Krish will remain the director of the film and that Kangana was stepping in to shoot only the patchwork on his behalf. Kangana’s decision to direct the remaining portions of the film did not go down well with a few. Sonu Sood, for instance, walked out of the film.
When in.com spoke to Kangana she said, "Becoming the director of this film was not planned. I would say it was accidental. Every film has it's own journey and film has turned out to be the way we wanted it to be. So eventually that's what matters."
"The story evolved as we were shooting... Everyone expects patchwork in a film of this scale. There have been films that shot 200 days of patchwork... When the editors saw the film, they were sure it needs to be re-shot. But Krish committed himself to another film. We decided to do the patchwork but he wasn't available. I have lost projects due to the patchwork of this film."
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Krish Jagarlamudi is the director of #Manikarnika and will remain so. #KanganaRanaut has stepped in to shoot just the patchwork on his behalf while he fulfills his commitments in another movie, to make sure that #Manikarnika releases on 25th Jan 2019. The clapboard is merely to avoid on set confusion
Speaking of the clap-board controversy, Kangana told us, "On the day of the shoot, my AD asked me whose name should be on the clap-board and I said Krish. But it had to be of someone present on the sets of the film. That's when I said to put my name."
The film may be marred in controversy, but it’s already going places. A special screening of Manikarnika will be held for President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre. The film's cast and crew will be present among others for the occasion.
Produced by Kamal Jain, the film will be in theatres in time for the Republic Day weekend and it will be interesting to see how this controversy pans out.