Kangana Ranaut is currently busy with the shoot of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The writer of the film, KV Vijayendra Prasad, spoke to media in Rajasthan and said how Manikarnika and Baahubali had flavors of valour, fierce loyalty and patriotism.
He also spoke about how Rani Laxmibai was a symbol of National pride and he had also named his daughter Manikarnika. Interestingly, since the birth of his daughter, he was yearning to tell the story of the brave queen, and when he got the opportunity, he wrote the entire story within the span of a month.
The movie was in news for facing objection from Sarva Brahman Mahasabha, a Brahmin group from Rajasthan as they think the film has distorted facts. On this, Prasad had earlier said, "No need to worry about it as I have portrayed her in the most respectable way. She is a warrior who fought against the British. She is my favourite woman leader. I have grown up reading about her. So, I will always portray her in an inspirational way."
KV Vijayendra Prasad is Baahubali Director S.S Rajamouli’s father. Prasad further added, “The film’s title is Manikarnika because it is her name! Her parents named her that because she was born in Kasi and the Manikarnika Ghat there is very famous. Even I named my daughter Manikarnika, so you now know how much I respect Rani Lakshmibai.”
Film’s producer, Kamal Jain, also issued a statement on the issue where he clarified that Rani Laxmibai’s character had been represented with utmost care,
"As responsible filmmakers, we have taken utmost care while portraying Rani Lakshmi-bai’s character and have consulted historians and scholars. Rani Lakshmibai was a freedom fighter and one of the most respected leaders that our country has seen. She is a symbol of valour and the film’s story depicts the same," said the writer.
KV Vijayendra Prasad also confirmed that history had not been distorted in any way Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika.
The film is being helmed by Telugu director Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi(Krish) and also stars Ankita Lokhande, Sonu Sood, Atul Kulkarni and Jisshu Sengupta in vital roles.