For all of us, who were waiting to see the Queen of Bollywood Kangana Ranaut back on the silver screen, are in for a treat! Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is the film where the team has boldly attempted to do something beyond our vision.
If you've paid attention during your History lectures, then I'm pretty sure you know what is going to happen in the movie and how. However, Manikarnika is still worth a watch. The film begins with some shots of beautiful Jhansi and Amitabh Bachchan's powerful warning regarding how the Britisher's have their eyes on our country. We meet young and athletic Manikarnika (Kangana Ranaut), who is married off to King of Jhansi Gangadhar Rao (Jisshu Sengupta). Being a strong Indian woman, Manikarnika, who is renamed as Lakshmibai, wastes no time in mingling up with the people of Jhansi. In every way, she becomes a true Queen to them and refuses any kind of negotiations with the Britishers. Exploring many historic events, the final war will surely make you weep!
While the first half of the film is all about talking and planning, you will notice a shift of colour towards the climax where the action sequences and graphics will blow your mind. Penned by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, the man behind Baahubali, the whole story has been perfectly illustrated into a feature film.
With every passing scene, the graph expectations only get higher and higher. A special mention to the cinematographers of the movie- Kiran Deohans and Gnana Shekar V.S, who have worked their magic. Thanks to them, Manikarnika will keep you engaged throughout because of the brilliant display of courage on-screen.
Kangana Ranaut is destructive! She's so lively and active at all times that it's contagious. From the trailer, you do have an idea about some of the dictation problems but her appearance and Rani of Jhansi persona overcomes them all. However, we wish that the supporting cast was stronger. Jisshu Sengupta was average, but debutant Ankita Lokhande was impressive, fierce and caring at the same time. Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub is wasted yet again. Richard Keep as General Hugh Rose manages to look badass but that’s about it, his character could’ve been a lot more intriguing.
Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Kangana Ranaut have directed this movie. Now, we aren’t sure who has directed which of those portions, so let’s credit both of them. The direction is pretty smooth as far as the story is concerned. Given that it could’ve been better with a few more absorbing sequences. None of the songs except Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s Vijayi Bhava was necessary. The background score by Sanchit & Ankit Balhara is highly impactful. It’s all what a story like this demand.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is a beautiful movie to watch and intriguing too. No one apart from Ranaut would have beem apt for this brutally bloody beautiful role. Don't miss to watch this movie on the big screen! SEVEN AND A HALF STARS!