Karni Sena is back, you guys! The self-appointed moral police has resurfaced after a year, this time to protest the release of Kangana Ranaut‘s Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. They are a little mellow this year, thankfully, as they haven’t vandalised a theatre or burnt the film’s sets or threatened to kill someone… YET.
Their allegations are more or less the same – distortion of history, the queen dancing to a song and her relationship with the wrong man! Only this time, they are focussing on Rani Laxmibai and not Queen Padmavati. As per reports, the gang claims that Kangana’s character is in a relationship with a British officer and that she is dancing to a special number, which is against their traditions. The Head of Karni Sena, Sukhdev Singh Shekhawat reportedly feels that filmmakers distort facts by showing scenes.
Shekhawat clearly doesn’t care if the film has got clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The Rajput group has asked the producers to show them the film first and get their approval prior to the release. Failure to do so will result in… you guessed it, vandalism and damaging the movie halls. The Sena Head also announced that Manikarnika will face the same consequence as Padmaavat and won’t be allowed to release in some states.
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CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi himself also written the dialogues and lyrics of the songs in the film. A special screening of Manikarnika has also been organised for President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Not only this, Kangana said, “Four historians have certified Manikarnika, we have got censor certificate as well, Karni Sena has been conveyed this but they are continuing to harass me. If they don’t stop then they should know I am also a Rajput and I will destroy each one of them”.
The period drama is based on the life and struggles of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and her war against the British East India Company, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Apart from Kangana Ranaut and Ankita Lokhande, the film also stars Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi, Danny Denzongpa and Jisshu Sengupta in pivotal roles. The film is all set to hit theatre on January 25.