Reacting to the protests against her film Manikarnika, Kangana Ranaut on dismissed rumours that there was a romantic sequence involving Rani Laxmibai in the film.
Kangana also clarified that people who are spreading such stories are actually defaming the queen. Just to jog your memory a little, Brahmin group ‘Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha’ from Rajasthan has raised objection over the film, alleging it features a romantic scene between Rani Laxmibai and a British East India company agent.
Kangana, who is currently shooting for the film expressed how the crew is extremely hurt after hearing such allegations. A PTI report quoted the actress saying,
“It is very lowly (neech baat) to even think like that about Rani Laxmibai. We cannot even think like that, the kind of things they are saying. What they are saying is actually defaming. There is nothing like that. It is idle talk and I don’t know why it is being said.”
Kangana also reminded that the film has been written by K V Vijayendra Prasad, who also penned Baahubali.
She added, “We are hurt and upset. The writer of the film, Vijayendra Prasad has named his daughter Manikarnika. We are hurt that such things are being said about Rani Laxmibai.”
The objections against Manikarnika is reminding us of the fresh controversies that surrounded Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, which had faced severe protests by Rajput groups.
Raising concerns over Manikarnika, Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha’s president met with Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, demanding that the filmmaker is directed to give an affidavit that there is no such scene in the film.
The writer of the film has given an assurance to the fans, clarifying that there is no such scene in the film that would do a disservice to the memory of the brave queen. The report quotes him in a statement saying,
“The film’s title is Manikarnika because it is her name. Her parents named her that because she was born in Kasi and the Manikarnika Ghat there is very famous. Even I named my daughter Manikarnika, so you now know how much I respect Rani Laxmibai.”
While the film’s official release date is August 3, we never know how these protests may change things.