It seems like attacking Bollywood films has become the newest trend in India. After Padmaavat which saw violent protests from many Indian states, Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika has also started facing a similar opposition.
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The film has started facing problems in Rajasthan as the it is based on the nineteenth-century queen of Jhansi, Laxmi Bai, a important figure in Indian modern history.
In a media interaction in Jaipur on Monday, Suresh Mishra, the president of the Sarva Brahman Mahasabha(SBM) claims that the film deforms history regarding Laxmi Bai and shows a love affair between her and a British man.
We learnt about it from our friends and acquaintances in various parts of Rajasthan where some scenes of the film are being shot. The film is based on a foreigner’s book and tries to dampen the queen’s reputation, said Mishra.
He further added that he has already sent letters to the film producer Kamal Jain enquiring about the writers of film. But he has still not recieve any response from the producer and he believes that his intentions are not good.
The film shows Rani Laxmibai in a respectful manner. We have taken care about portraying her including consulting historians and scholars in Jhansi. She was a freedom fighter and one of the most respected leader our country has seen. She is a symbol of valour in our country. The film’s story depicts the same. The film doesn’t portray anything objectionable about her. There is no love affair depicted in the film and there is no distortion of history in anyway. It pains me to hear these statements about one of the greatest leaders India has seen. Is this what independence means? We are making a film which depicts the real story of Rani Laxmibai. Having said that, we are open and willing to show the script (to people who might have doubts). We have nothing to hide. We are proud to be making a film and want the world to see one of the greatest leaders of India. This film is a tribute to Rani Laxmibai.
Mishra wants the state government to obtain an affidavit from the producers that no distortion of history should take place in the film.
Let's see what Kangana has to say about all this and hope for the best!
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