BOLLYWOOD: Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi has been creating headlines ever since it was announced. The film has landed once again in troubled waters.
On Thursday, the Hindu outfit Karni Sena, protested against the release of the film. They are upset as they believe that the film shows a relationship between Laxmibai and a British officer. They also claimed that the film shows the queen dancing to a special number, which is against their tradition. Karni Sena had created similar hurdles for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat last year, as a result Padmaavat was banned in several states at the time of its release.
Sukhdev Singh Shekhavat, National Head of the Karni Sena told a website, “Time and again, we have seen that filmmakers try to take liberties by showing certain scenes [with the purpose of] adding titillation. We won’t tolerate such nonsense.”
The film is on the verge of release and has been in the making for a long time.
Asked why the Karni Sena took so long to raise an objection, Sukhdev said, “We had raised concerns in February last year. Despite the Supreme Court judgment, we didn’t allow Padmaavat to release in many states. Manikarnika will face the same consequence. We have requested the producers to show us the film before its release. If they release it [without showing it to us], we will damage property [theatres, here] and won’t be liable for it.”