After doing Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon alongside Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut will be seeing playing the role of the fierce queen Rani Laxmibhai of Jhansi. The film is titled, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi after Laxmibhai’s maiden name. Now, we have got hold of the first sketch of Kangana’s look from the film as Rani Laxmibhai.
according to mid-day, the film will have a revamped team, including a new director. “The new film will be helmed by a fresh team. A top studio, too, has agreed to back the venture, which is envisioned as an action-packed, feisty film. It is the biopic of an ordinary girl, who when faced with tough times, discovered the warrior in her. The film will go on floors in mid-May,” mid-day quoted a source as saying.
“The actress and the filmmaker couldn’t find common ground on the language factor, leaving the project in a limbo. Ketan was insistent that his movie be made in English for an international audience, like Gurinder Chadha’s The Viceroy House, but those working on the film felt it won’t go with the ethos of the story,” source as saying.
Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is being directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi aka Krish and is written by KV Vijayendra Prasad. He also wrote the screenplay for the epic movie Baahubali and Baahubali 2. He, in fact, happens to be the father of director SS Rajamouli.
It has also been confirmed that the shoot of the film will begin in the first week of June. An interesting fact, however, is the crew itself. Has Bollywood come to the conclusion that screenplay artists and directors from down south, specifically the Tollywood industry deal with historic films better? After all, KV Vijayendra Prasad is one of the veterans of the Tollywood industry and Krish also happens to be the director of Nandamuri Balakrishna historic film Gautamiputra Satakarni.
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