Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi Movie Review: Queen Kangana Triumphs
Khoob Ladhi Mardaani Wo To Jhansi Wali Rani Thi, we have heard these lines since our childhood and now, Kangana Ranaut has brought them alive on the silver screen with her latest release Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. [caption id="attachment_713554" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Kangana Ranaut In A Still Of Manikarnika[/caption] The film tells the story of India’s iconic queen Laxmibai and how she fought against the British until her last breath. Kangana is a terrific actress and the acting powerhouse shines as the fierce warrior queen in this movie. As Kangana is quite the daredevil in real life as well, the character comes naturally to her and she is extremely convincing in her role. Kangana looks like a royal warrior, her stance, her expressions, the way she holds a sword, it’s all perfection. [caption id="attachment_713553" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Kangana Ranaut In A Still Of Manikarnika[/caption] Manikarnika is a one-woman show and lives up to all the hype. Kangana has also co-directed this film and has lent a touch of femininity to it. Her scenes with her husband and her son are beautiful and they show the soft side of the queen thus, giving more dimensions to her character. Queen Ranaut has hit it out of the park once again. [caption id="attachment_713549" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Kangana Ranaut In A Still Of Manikarnika[/caption] Atul Kulkarni is good as Tantiya Tope but he doesn’t have much screen space. Jisshu Sengupta is playing Maharaja Gangadhar Rao and he is outstanding. Danny Denzongpa is charismatic as Gulam Mohammed Ghouse. Ankita Lokhande has marked her debut with the film and while she doesn’t have much screen time, she has acted well. I would definitely want to see her in a bigger role in a Bollywood movie real soon. The rest of the supporting cast too is superb and even the extras impress. [caption id="attachment_713910" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Kangana Ranaut In A Manikarnika[/caption] I can confidently say that Manikarnika’s war scenes are the best that we have seen in Bollywood. They look very realistic and the actors’ hard work shows on screen. The war scenes will give you an adrenaline rush and will keep you on the edge of your seats. [caption id="attachment_714413" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Manikarnika[/caption] The film has been mounted on a magnificent scale, the sets are grand and the cinematography is breath-taking. The music of the movie will get you emotionally charged and the dialogues are dumdaar. Directors Kangana and Krish have done full justice to the iconic queen and her legacy. [caption id="attachment_714165" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Bharat Song From Manikarnika[/caption] I found the second half a bit weak in comparison to the first half but the Jhansi Fort war scene is stupendous and watching Kangana wield the sword like a pro while riding her horse, will give you goosebumps. Story is riveting and entertaining. Screenplay keeps you engaged and you watch the film in rapt attention but the second half could have been crisper. Another weakness of the film is that it lacks a strong antagonist and the members of the British Army looked more like cartoons than soldiers. [caption id="attachment_713539" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Kangana Ranaut In A Still Of Manikarnika[/caption] Overall the film is mesmerising and will have you in awe of our Jhansi ki Rani. So watch this film for Kangana’s brave performance and to give homage to Rani Laxmibai.
Release Date : 25 January 2019
Producer : Kamal Jain
Director : Krish
Genre : Biographical