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Old January 27th, 2019, 03:33 AM
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Ashdoc's movie review---Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi

The movie is about the Queen of Jhansi called Rani Lakshmibai , who became famous for revolting against and fighting the British rulers in the mutiny of 1857 , called by nationalists as the 1857 war of independence .

She is played by Kangana Ranaut , who looks simply divine right from the start wearing the clothes of traditional hindu unmarried girls but with a filmy flair . She is born in a Marathi brahman family in Bithur , where she is brought up by the Peshwa of the Maratha empire as a girl skilled in arts of war . But the Peshwa has been stripped of all his powers by the British and granted a jagir in Bithur . She is fondly called Manu by her friends , which is short for her name Manikarnika .

One day a person called Dixitji ( Kulbhushan Kharbanda ) from the Maratha ruled state of Jhansi sees her wounding a tiger with an arrow and is impressed . He asks for her hand in marriage for the ruler of Jhansi , Gangadhar Rao ( Jisshu Sengupta ) . After marriage , her mother in law tries to put restrictions on her but her husband allows her freedom . She rides a horse fast like the wind and fights sword battles with three people at a time . Her name is changed to Lakshmibai according to the hindu custom of changing a woman's name after marriage .

But the son born to her dies and so does her husband , but not before she is able to adopt a son she names after her original son Damodar Rao . This disappoints the claimant to the throne called Sadashiv , played by Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub . He is in league with the British who cast covetous eyes on Jhansi .

However Rani Lakshmibai refuses to play docile widow and cut her hair as demanded by custom . She banishes her conservative mother in law to Kashi instead . She sits on the throne with Damodar Rao as heir . She is helped by Jhalkaribai ( Ankita Lokhande ) and Ghaus Khan ( Danny Denzongpa ) . She even trains women with weapons to defend her kingdom .

But the shadow of the British empire is over Jhansi , and Sadashiv is deviously plotting to get the throne for himself along with them . Soon war breaks out and becomes intermingled in the 1857 mutiny . The British lay siege to Jhansi and after a brave fight the Queen has to escape with the help of Jhalkaribai who poses as the Rani in order to fool the British , and also with the help of Ghaus Khan who lays down his life .

The Rani joins other mutineers like Tatya Tope ( Atul Kulkarni ) and captures the mighty fortress of Gwalior by appealing to the patriotism of it's guarding soldiers . The British led by General Hugh Rose ( Richard Keep ) attack Gwalior which is valiantly defended by Rani Lakshmibai who has to painfully leave her adopted son behind , and she dies a heroic death on the battlefield .

The movie has been superbly photographed , with grand palaces and mighty forts shown in all their grandeur . The life of royalty in those days is shown in all it's finery . Kangana Ranaut look beautiful and the atmosphere around her is rich with magnificent colour . The battles and sieges are well photographed too , with the orange flames of cannons interspersed with the yellow flames of torches which light the forts' bastions at night . The march of the soldiers both Indian and British , and the charge of their horsemen is well shown . The blood reddened face of the Rani as she fights her final battle is inspiring . All in all the movie is an imposing spectacle .

Hindu nationalists will be enthused that the hindi spoken in the movie is pure and urdu words that lace other hindi movies are not much spoken . Hindu culture and symbols abound ; the British officer once wakes from a dream in which he has seen the Rani in the form of goddess Kali , and when the Rani dies she dies in flames that turn into the shape of OM . And when the Indian cavalry charges , their flags form a sea of saffron .

Kangana Ranaut acts well as the Queen inspired by patriotism for the motherland , and is assisted ably by other actors . Background music and songs are decent enough .

Verdict---Good .

Four stars out of five .
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Old January 28th, 2019, 02:35 PM
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi

WHy call her Manikarnika. Why not Laxmibai.
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi

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WHy call her Manikarnika. Why not Laxmibai.
It was her name before marriage . Also the name laxmibai has been already used as title of a 50's era movie on the same queen . The movie available on YouTube . It's in black and white .
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi

Kangana is claiming she has directed most of the movie.. is that correct?
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Kangana is claiming she has directed most of the movie.. is that correct?
I would guess same way as most of the stars 'influence' directors. "Oi, camera is angle se rakh, mere baal jada dikhne chahiye", "Oi, ye hero mere face ko cover nahi karna chahiye"
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi

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I would guess same way as most of the stars 'influence' directors. "Oi, camera is angle se rakh, mere baal jada dikhne chahiye", "Oi, ye hero mere face ko cover nahi karna chahiye"
Just checked.. she is credited as Director of the movie along with Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi.

Her claim of 70% is true.. our reporter didn’t mention this fact in review. Cast and director are main things in movie review.
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It was her name before marriage . Also the name laxmibai has been already used as title of a 50's era movie on the same queen . The movie available on YouTube . It's in black and white .
Of course this budhau has seen that movie multiple times on DD.
It was ‘Jhansi ki Rani” supposedly the first technicolor movie by Sohrab Modi. There could be multiple movies with the same name.
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi

How many more movies will be made on Jhansi Ki Rani? I mean is this latest version even commercially viable? Will the producer even recover any money? I don't see people lining up to see it unless its a Sanjay Leela Bhansali fictionalized historical epic with song and dance.
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