Kangana Ranaut was in attendance along with her colleagues and co-stars from the film; Prasoon Joshi, Vijendra Prasad, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Shariq Patel, Kamal Jain, Jisshu Sengupta, Ankita Lokhande and Suresh Oberoi.
When speaking about the film and her experience on being a director for the film, Kangana said, “This is a subject that belongs to each one of us.”
A story about Rani Laxmibai and her fight against the British East India Company, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi captures the life of the 22-year-old Queen of Jhansi who refused to cede Jhansi to the British Empire. She was the first woman in the history of India to fight against the British in the cry of Independence. Despite fighting a fierce battle, she was killed in the combat. This has now lead her life story and fight against the British to be a formidable tale of bravery, valor and women’s strength to inspire generations to come.
The makers wanted the film to look as authentic and as real as possible. Hence, they did a recce for over two months and shortlisted 70 locations across six cities including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner and Alsesar. Plus over 30 sets were built for the making of the film. Since the film is set in 1857, it was crucial for the studio to choose apt locations, which not only showcase the larger than life scale but also resemble that era authentically.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi releases in cinemas on 25th of January 2019