Manikarnika movie review: Kangana Ranaut’s war epic lives up to the hype!

Manikarnika movie review: Kangana Ranaut’s war epic lives up to the hype!

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Ratings: 2.75/5
Movie Name: Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
Release date: 25 January 2019 (India)
Directors: Kangana Ranaut, Krish
Budget: 125 crores INR
Screenplay: K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, Prasoon Joshi


Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is the story of Rani Laxmibai. It accounts her journey from where she grew up, Bithoor to transforming into the Rani of Jhansi Laxmibai, and over the long haul changing into a warrior Queen, who pursued a war against the East India Company, is the story-line of Manikarnika. 

The movie begins with Amitabh Bachchan’s impacting baritone where he hurls light on how the riches of India are being attacked by the British. And the story shifts to the world of Manikarnika through Kangana Ranaut’s noteworthy introduction. ‘Chhabili’ Manikarnika’s (Kangana Ranaut) mettle and valor is set up directly from her early on scene where we see her having a go head to head with a savage tiger. She’s a pro in horsemanship and fencing and grabs the attention of Kulbhushan Kharbanda. He is quick to get her married to Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar of Jhansi (Jisshu Sengupta). A little while later, Manikarnika pushes toward getting to be Rani Laxmibai.

She gives birth a baby boy whom they name Damodar Rao. Shockingly, the newborn baby doesn’t live long leaving Rani Laxmibai and the whole kingdom in distress. At the point when the East India Company thinks of the ‘doctrine of lapse’, the kin and queen couple have decided to adopt a boy and name him after their expired child. However, Gangadhar Rao too capitulates to his illness and Rani Laxmibai assumes control over the rules of Jhansi announcing, “Laxmi vidwa hui hai, uski Jhansi abhi bhi suhagan hain.” The remaining story spins around how Maharani Rani Laxmibai declines to surrender Jhansi to the British Raj.


Actress Kangana Ranaut is credited as the director of this biographical film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi’ alongside Krrish. Be that as it may, the leading actress still has far to go with regards to making major decisions. K. Vijayendra Prasad’s composing neglects to impress this time. An excessive number of imaginative freedoms play a noteworthy spoilsport. Likewise, there are a few scenes which make you laugh. There’s where Ankita Lokhande’s Jhalkari Bai breaks into some odd kind of dance and soon, the queen also participate for a couple of minutes. Like, truly? In one more scene, General Huge Rose is seen daydreaming about Goddess Kaali. The discoursed notwithstanding a couple neglect to make a roaring effect.


Kangana Ranaut is shown very courageous and aggressive from the introduction scene till the last, when it comes to the scenes where she is imparting her anger at bowing down to the British is very explosive. At first when the film begins, Kangana’s accent comes as a bit kill. However, Kangana Ranaut stands tall with regards to nailing in the emotional scenes. Jisshu Sengupta as Gangadhar Rao cruises fine. Ankita Lokhande who makes her Bollywood make a big appearance with this film puts in her earnest attempts, however her insane role keeps her from sparkling brilliant. Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Taher Shabir doesn’t motivate much degree to perform. Mishti Chakraborty too sets up an alright show. It’s dampening to watch on-screen characters like Atul Kulkarni, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Danny Denzongpa being saddled with such ineffectively outlined roles. Kiran Deohans and Gnana Shekar V.S’ cinematography spells of affected. Rameshwar Bhagat and Surag Jagptap’s editing is messy. Going to the music office, excepting ‘Vijayi Bhava’, none of the tracks wait with you for long. While the sword-battling scenes are noteworthy, the fight scenes end up being a dull and tedious experience.

Final Verdict:

Kangana Ranaut ensures that Manikarnika is her front line where she is the sole most splendid star, she neglects to understand that it’s the manner in which a group plays overall which decides its prosperity. 

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