Bollywood Actress Kangana Ranaut has teamed up with Telugu Director Krish for Manikarnika, the Story of Jhansi Lakshmi Bai. The movie has created a lot of controversies after Krish walked out of it towards the end. Let us see how Manikarnika is received by the audience:
Born in Bithoor, Manikarnika (Kangana Ranaut) was always known for her strength and valor. A Book lover she is transformed into a warrior after taking over the reign of the kingdom as the widowed Queen. The Rest of the story is all about how the Queen takes on the English displaying extreme courage till her last breath.
. Star Shine:
Kangana Ranaut lives in the character of Rani Lakshmi Bai. She performed extremely well, particularly in the emotional scenes. Her performance in the first half where she grieves the death of her son, Damodar Rao is excellent. In the second half, the valor of the Jhansi ki Rani is captured extraordinarily. Mohammad Zeeshan Ayubb who replaced Sonu Sood as Sadashiv Rao is excellent. The rest of the supporting cast has been disappointing. Ankita Lokhande makes an impressive debut as Jhalkari Bai. Richard is decent as General Huge Rose.
Director Krish seems to have done a decent job with the direction. But then, it is evident that his exit from the film complicated things. Kangana who stepped in his shoes looks like has done a decent job but it is evident that the reshoots took a toll on the film as the screenplay by KV Vijayendra Prasad at several points look abrupt. Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music did not offer much while the background score by Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara is good in the first half and disappointing in the second half. Action Sequences are choreographed really well in the second half. The cinematography is good but the VFX has been shoddy. Dialogues are loud.
The first half captures Manikarnika’s journey from being a solicit book lover, warrior to that of Rani Lakshmi Bai. Even though there are few scenes that stand out, the first half is stretched and boring. The second half is good in parts as long as it deals with the valor of Jhansi Ki Rani. But too many reshoots and changes give an abrupt feeling at places. Finally, we get a feeling that the team lost the plot midway with too much confusion may be due to the dual cooks. Finally, Manikarnika disappoints with only Kangana’s Performance being the standout.