Actress Kangana Ranaut has responded strongly to the Karni Sena’s protest against her upcoming film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, which is based on the life of Rani Lakshmibai.
The actress in a statement 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.”
Manikarnika tells the story of Jhansi’s Rani Lakshmibai, who was among the leaders of the 1857 Mutiny against the East India Company.
As per an ANI report, the Maharashtra wing of Karni Sena wrote a letter to the filmmakers in whom they allegedly said that if the “image of Rani Lakshmibai is maligned in the film or if she is shown to be the lover of some Britisher then the makers will face consequences.”
Rani Lakshmibai, whose real name was Manikarnika, was born into a Marathi family living in Varanasi before marrying the ruler of Jhansi.
The Karni Sena had earlier opposed the release of “Padmaavat,” starring Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmini, last year. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked, sets of the film were vandalized and a bounty was even placed on Deepika’s head after she defended the film.
Apart from Kangana Ranaut, the film also stars Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Danny Denzongpa, Suresh Oberoi and Jisshu Sengupta.
Produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, the movie is scheduled to hit the theatres on January 25.