Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

2019 [HINDI]

Action / Biography / Drama / History

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23.976 fps
2 hr 28 min
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23.976 fps
2 hr 28 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ketgup839 / 10

Leave everything and watch Manikarnika for electrifying performance by Kangana Ranaut !!!

After much controversy and hiccups, Manikarnika -The Queen Of Jhansi finally sees the light of the day in the theater and after watching the war drama, the only thing which came to mind - SUPERB !!!

Manikarnika - The Queen Of Jhansi is a story of popular freedom fighter, Rani Laxmibai, who sacrificed her life fighting the British soldiers in the pre-independence era.

Directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and partly by Kangana Ranaut, Manikarnika - The Queen Of Jhansi will grab your attention right from the beginning as the hefty voice of Amitabh Bachchan breaks through the clouds and tells the story of how East India Company divided and conquered India. The entry scene of Kangana Ranaut is sparking while the subsequent scenes of her marriage to the Maharaja Of Jhansi (Jishu Sengupta) and her interaction with British soldiers are solid. First half does gets interrupted by frequent songs which could be trimmed (especially when Kangana Ranaut bursts into a dance at the village). However, the scene before the interval where she transforms herself and vows to protect Jhansi from the clutches of British is just mind-blowing. This might be the first time when I heard audience whistling and clapping for an actress.

The second half starts with Rani Laxmibai evacuating the fortress as the British officers threaten but she comes back with a bang after getting adequate support from local people. She finally recruits the women from her village and trains them to fight the British officers. The war scene between the British army and Jhansi's soldiers is well-executed especially the scene where Rani Laxmibai drags the officer into her fortress. While the screenplay drags little bit but the climax scene is beautifully shot especially the scenes involving Kangana sword-fighting. I felt that ending scene where Rani Laxmibai died in the battle ground could have more impact and intensity which was missing. Also, the CGI was poor especially when Rani Laxmibai decides to engulf herself into the flames rather than surrendering to the British army. Also, except for "Bharat" (mind-blowing lyrics by Prasoon Joshi and tune given by Shankar Eshaan Loy) none of songs stand out in this epic drama. Few factors makes a negative impact to the film - the length of the film (2 hours 28 minutes),loose editing and unnecessary inclusion of songs. Manikarnika is well-written by KV Vijayendra Prasad (Bahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

Nevertheless, the art direction is eye-catching. Each and every frame is beautiful depicted on the silver screen while cinematography captures the exotic locales of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The production design is eye-catching and will take you back to the forgotten history. The costume-design is mesmerizing while the background score was very good. The sets looked grandeur and magnificent and did have shades of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani. The action sequence is brilliantly choreographed by the Hollywood choreographer Nick Powell who was the stunt coordinator in films like X-Men: The Last Stand and The Last Samurai.

I could not imagine anyone apart from Kangana Ranaut playing the powerful character of Rani Laxmibai. What will catch your attention is the impeccable transformation from Manikarnika into Rani Laxmibai as the reels moves forward. Kangana Ranaut looked perfect as a Rani Laxmibai as she makes her grand entry and spits venom as she fights the British soldiers. The fiery looks in her eyes and the commanding voice will make you fall in love with her wonderful performance. Ankita Lokhande makes a good debut. Danny Denzongpa as Ghouse Baba is superb. Jishu and Mishti Mukherjee does well in small role. However, Atul Kulkarni and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub does not get much scope.

Manikarnika The Queen Of Jhansi is definitely a good watch if you are a fan of Indian History and Kangana Ranaut. It should be lauded for bold direction, exemplary CGI and commendable performances. Good 3.5/5

Reviewed by sudhirkumarpal87 / 10

Good movie. One time watch.

Nice depiction of our real war heros. Shows we too have our fare share of women warriers.

Reviewed by SAMTHEBESTEST5 / 10



Indian History is always something where every Film-maker try to find a story which should be liked by audience. Then how could a story of The Queen Of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai left out? If not today then tomorrow someone would have surely made a film on it as we all know it is a Potential Story to make a Great Film. Team Manikarnika Glorifies this Great story in thier stucked and average execution.

The first half of the film is nothing less than a Fiasco where you keep waiting for Quality but you never find it. At one point it even feels like this one might turn out to be a huge disappointment. But somehow the second half does the job, it saves Manikarnika from that Debacle tag and pushes it to safe Average mark. And there also most of the credit goes to the Actual Story which happened 170 years ago. Thanks to the sympathy which goes to the Legacy of Rani Laxmibai and her Bravery despite knowing that the film is not justifying her standard upto that level. It was a Script with Potential of turning it into a Best Historic Film of Bollywood but the entire team of Manikarnika Misses this Opportunity.

Kangana Ranaut as Manikarnika doesn't look like the one in the first half, she looks a cute and sweet doll. Then in 2nd half you see real anger and that enthusiasm in Kangana. Supporting cast could have been much better, so does the direction. I could even say that Make-up man does a better job than Director. Writer too doesn't bring anything interesting, neither in script nor in screenplay. Dialogues are much better comparatively, though. Execution is mediocre, it has unnecessary loudness, poor VFX, goofs, loo breaks, couple of songs on wrong occasions etc. Overall, Manikarnika is a Golden Opportunity missed, and reason could be the pressure of handling big story of big name from the history, so big responsibility it was aftreall. But still the questions appears that it had all the needed ingredients like story, budget, production value, canvas, everything then why? This one is still watchable for some Goosebumps moments of Pride, war, patriotism and our Precious History.

RATING - 5/10*

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