Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi 2019
Director: Krish Jagarlamudi
Artists: Kangana Ranaut, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub, Ankita Lokhande, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Suresh Oberoi, Jishusen Gupta, Sonu Sood, Danny Denzongpa, Sonu Sood, Danny Denzongpa.
Movie Type : Patriotic /Entertaining war drama
Rating: 2.5/ 5
These lines of Subhadra Kumari Chauhan immortalized Lakshmibai in the pages of history. Now it is the turn of Kangana Ranaut, who has the responsibility of immortalizing Rani Lakshmibai on her shoulders. After several controversies, the film is being released on the occasion of Republic Day. Now whether Kangana has been successful in fulfilling this responsibility or not know in this review.
The film begins with Amitabh Bachchan's strong voice. Hearing the voice of Amitabh Bachchan, you will have memories of Lagaan. Manikarnika aka Manu, the adopted daughter of Peshwa (Suresh Oberoi), is courageous and beautiful from birth. In such a situation, Rajguru (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) looks at them. Impressed by Manu's courage and valour, he marries Jhansi's King Gangadhar Rao Navelkar (Jishu Sengupta). In such a situation, Manu becomes the queen of Jhansi.
It was never acceptable to bow the head of the queen of Jhansi to the British. She is happy to give an heir to Jhansi that now the British will not be able to seize his authority with bad intentions. But the house-piercing Sadashiv (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub) conspires and destroys Laxmibai's lap and then takes the throne through the British.
First of all, when we talk about Kangana Ranaut's acting, it seems that Jhansi's Rani Laxmibai's role was made for her. Perhaps her performance in this film makes the queen forget. However, Ankita Lokhande has not been given much screen time in the role of Jhalkari Bai. But, she has managed to make her presence felt in her first film.
Danny's performance in Ghulam Gaus Khan's role proves that he still has the same edge. At the same time, Jishusen Gupta in the role of Gangadhar Rao, Suresh Oberoi in the role of Peshwa and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the role of Rajguru have played their role well.
Manakarnika is not a war drama like Sanjay Leela Bhansali's films. But, the makers have taken great care of the scale of this film. The best part of the film is its action. Whether it is Kangana Ranaut herself or Actress Ankita Lakhande, who is stepping into Bollywood from TV. It is exciting to see both of them fencing on the screen. The film's background music and sound will add the same vigour as the 1857 revolution. Now talk about the direction.
The film is directed mainly by Kangana, apart from Radha Krishna, Jagalamudi. Kangana has handled this responsibility well despite many controversies and conflicts. It is a wonder of direction that the last 40 minutes of the film will make your hair stand up.
Its second half is its weaker link than the first half of the film. At the same time, Kangana's manner of speaking in the film is quite bad. Apart from this, the lack of consistency in the film is also visible. The film's weakest part was its villain. Actors playing the role of villain of the film lacked brightness. This film has again proved that calling foreign actors to Hindi is still crooked.