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Manikarnika: Good film that murders history

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3.0 Stars out of 5.0

Stepping into the history for making a film is always a difficult task when so much is at stake. The hyper nationalism acts as a virus which takes away the ability to think straight strikes at the core of rationality and this is exactly what has happened with Manikarnika The Queen of Jhansi.

If you are a history buff and have good knowledge of War of Independence being fought in 1857 this film is hard to swallow. So, if you can leave your knowledge outside of the cinema hall then you can certainly enjoy this movie because it has some good shots and sequences.

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is the story about the life of warrior queen Rani Laxmibai. It also stars Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta, Suresh Oberoi and Danny Denzongpa.

The Tiger hunting scene & few other stunts were unrealistic however, the cinematography is effective and every frame looks grand and beautiful.

The story starts from 1842 with the narration of Amitabh Bachchan about how Hindostan was very rich and peaceful country until the arrival of East India Company. The introductory scene of Kangana Ranaut as Manikarnika starts where she hunts a Tiger with a sleeping dart. (I know it did look hilarious)

Start of the movie spent good time in building up Manikarnika’s character, showing that she is not just a common Indian girl. Finally, she gets married to the King of Jhansi where she’s named as Rani Lakshmibai.

As Lakshmibai tried to socialise common people of Jhansi, simultaneously, the Britishers planned the infamous divide and rule. They brainwash Sadashiv Rao (Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub) against the King Manikarnika in order to raise conflicts.

Kangana Ranaut energetic performance can cover weaknesses in the plot. She did take time to settle down in her role but once she does it was a smooth sailing for her and this is where the film becomes interesting. The writer and directors tried to make Queen of Jhansi character larger then life and it became quite problematic that Kangana Ranaut find it hard to portray. For example, speaking English with the Englishmen when we all know that the official language of India was not English at that time and Manikarnika never learnt English. Same is the case with the overall dialogues and languages as they never depict the real India of that era.

The supporting cast was not as strong as it should have been. It is a simple formula to make a great hero, you need a bigger villain and Richard as General Hugh did look bad as a whole but failed to carry the grandness of his character.

I think changing the original story did more harm to the story then any good.

Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Kangana Ranaut have directed this movie. Now, we aren’t sure who has directed which of those portions, so let’s credit both of them. The direction is pretty smooth as far as the story is concerned. Given that it could’ve been better with a few more absorbing sequences.

Music is mostly looked redundant in the script. The pace of the story would have been faster without the songs however, the background score by Sanchit & Ankit Balhara is quite impactful same what a story like this demand.

Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is an attempt to make a visual form of our history chapters and it did look beautiful, but despite doing a good job I feel that Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone would have done the job better.

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Alia Bhatt reacts to Kangana Ranaut’s statement on calling her ‘mediocre’

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Kangana Ranaut continues to take nasty potshots at Alia Bhatt who undoubtedly is ruling the box office at the moment and working with almost every major filmmaker in Bollywood. The resentment and envy are quite understandable. But, the manner of venting these is most inappropriate.

When an entertainment portal compared Kangana Ranaut’s performance in Manikarnika – The QueenOf Jhansi with Alia Bhatt in Gully Boy, Kangana snapped back, “I am embarrassed…What is there to beat in Gully Boy performance ….same snappy muh phat girl… Bollywood’s idea of a fiery girl, woman empowerment and good acting, spare me this embarrassment, please. Media has taken filmy kids love too far…stop pampering mediocre work or else bar will never be raised.”

Alia Bhatt, on her part, chooses to ignore Kangana’s  seemingly endless barbs and insults. Says the  genial actress who is never known to speak against anyone, “I respect Kangana’s work a lot and I  respect her opinion. If she feels a particular way she  must have reason to feel that way. I would rather remember how much she had praised me after watching Raazi. And I’d just like to focus on my work. Maybe she will appreciate me again if I work hard enough.”

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Irrfan Khan thanks fans for endless support

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Months after undergoing neuroendocrine tumour diagnosis and treatment, acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan has expressed gratitude to those who gave him love and support to help him heal through his tough phase. In an emotional note posted on his social media handle, Irrfan shared his thoughts on the prayers, love and blessings he received while he was fighting the ailment in London.

“Maybe somewhere in the pursuit of winning, we forget how much it means to be loved. In our vulnerability, we are reminded. As I leave my footprints onto these steps of my life, I want to pause to be grateful for receiving your immense love and support. It soothed me in my process of healing. So I travel back to you, thanking you from the bottom of my heart,” Irrfan wrote with a photograph that reflects his joy.

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Taimur cookies surface after replica dolls

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Saif Ali Khan and Kareena’s two-year-old son, Taimur Ali Khan, is the internet’s favourite child and there are no doubts about it. The little munchkin has won everyone’s hearts with his million dollar smile and naughty antics. Not just us, a lot of Bollywood celebrities love stalking Tim’s pictures on social media. If you think Tim’s fan craze ends here, you are highly mistaken. As the craze for Taimur has already reached to an extent where people have created Taimur dolls which are being sold in the market. And while that already spells too much fandom, cookies inspired by Saif and Kareen’s son are being served by a bakery which specialises in custom confectionery products.

If reports are to be believed, then a confectionery store has put up Taimur Ali Khan’s cookies on their platter, featuring different avatars of the little one, displaying his various enticing expressions. Moreover, at a recently held bloggers’ awards night, the confectionery store had packed these cookies for their guests.

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