Today marks the 188th birth anniversary of Jhalkari bai. Ankita Lokhande who plays the character in the film Manikarnika talks about the same and says, “On the occasion of Jhalkari Bai’s 188th birth anniversary, I want to introduce you to the brave woman she really was. Jhalkari Bai was a soldier who played an important role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. She served in the women’s army of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. She eventually rose to a position of a prominent advisor to the queen herself.
“Her heroism and sacrifices for the society are unsung but this woman was one of the most important factors in the battle of Jhansi. I had never thought that I would get a chance to play such a strong character in my life, but the film, Manikarnika took me on a journey of not only discovering the real Jhalkari Bai but also helped me discover the Jhalkari Bai in me. I want to take this opportunity to ask every girl out there who are fighting their own battles to never give up. Fight your battles with pride and never let anyone put you down.”