Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi opened to rave reviews at the box office. Kangana Ranaut has proved, once again, she’s an actress that can rock any role. Her performance as Laxmibai has been hailed by many. The film, however, has faired only moderately at the box office, raking in under Rs 50 cr over its first weekend, in spite of having shared the ticket window with only Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray. Box office numbers, however, aren’t the only concern with this film.
Manikarnika has seen its fair share of controversies. From Kangana taking over as the director of the film for a few portions of re-shoot, to stars walking out of the film as she took over, Manikarnika did run into rough waters. Now, after the film’s release, its original director Krish has been speaking to several media houses about Kangana Ranaut taking credits for the film as the primary director. While Kangana is yet to respond to the allegations, all that talk is not going down well with Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandal. The lady took to twitter to tell Krish to ‘let her enjoy this moment of her success’.
In a recent interview to IANS, south star director Krish opened up about why he stayed mum about his role in the film until its release. “I saw the film. I'd say more than 70 per cent is mine. I remained quiet until the release. I had to remain quiet for the sake of the film and for the entire team which worked so hard on the film. But now if I don't speak about what Kangana did to the film I'd be doing a disservice to all our hard work. Many people advised me to talk after the film was taken away from me. I'd say what I directed was pure gold. Kangana turned it into silver”, Krish told IANS.
Manikarnika, which was among one of highly anticipated films to release this year, hit the screen on January 25. The film also stars Atul Agnihotri, Ankita Lokhande and Jisshu Sengupta.