Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi - This brave tale from our history is infused with morals, heroism and gusto
While we evidently agree that Bollywood is not ready to break-up with biopics, we also have realized that the audiences are in no mood to be in a relationship with ‘fantasy’ for a long time too.
With movies made to entertain us, these films educate us. A balance is needed.
Biopics not only provide realism, but also inspiration. And when combined with entertainment and patriotism, these four ingredients make sure the viewer leave the theatres applauding and praising.
Manikarnika has this mixture, may be not in the perfect doses, but Kangana’s incredible show as the queen of Jhansi overpower the blemishes.
Watch it If you like -
Kangana’s striking performance, Splendid backdrop and Good cinematography, Inspirational Subject
But Beware of -
This brave story had a good script, but an element of instant awe was missing. The running time and songs should have been dealt in a way to reduce duration
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Directed by Krish and Kangana Ranaut, produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, this biopic’s narration is a little topsy-turvy. Honestly, a struggle for commitment at the directors’ chair is quite evident.
Alekh (Story) – Patkatha (Screenplay)
The story of the film is by default involving because of such a symbol of courage and resistance Rani Laxmi Bai was and still is. The script was quite complimentary, but we expected more. We wanted the same stance in the script overall as given to Kangana’s role.
Biopics are a storytelling technique that must be persuasive enough to let the mix of realism, inspiration, and entertainment become a trigger of maximum involvement. And this technique was a weak link here; the flow of events, the time graph and some characters weren’t nicely established. We get it if the focus was Rani Laxmi Bai, but in that commitment, other things seemed neglected. The songs were an added point that snatched some faith from the film.
Having said that, each flaw fades away when you hear Mr. Bachchan’s voice over, when you see a young woman’s love for her country, when you watch Kangana’s confidence and possession as Rani Laxmi Bai. The dialogues and the patriotic sentiments were full of enthusiasm. The second half has a lot of energy, spirit and passion. The war sequences are brilliantly done, and the cinematography is fabulous. Few dodgy VFX scenes but we ignored them and so should you!
Kangana Ranaut as Rani Laxmibai (Manikarnika aka Manu) show variable shades in her character which can only come out when the actor is comfortable and effortless with the camera. She is just tremendous. With innocence in her face, fierce in her eyes and fearlessness in her attitude, she just rules the silver screen. Jisshu Sengupta as Gangadhar Rao is quite convincing and befitting in his role. Though we would have loved to hear his original voice, but Sanjay Suri’s voice over was quite credible and nicely done.
Richard Keep as General Hugh Rose is very compelling. It was good to see Suresh Oberoi onscreen after quite a time. Danny Denzongpa as Ghulam Ghaus Khan is the additional needed energy in the film, thought his role needed more volume.
Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkaribai is good in her act but her role was not well written. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Sadashiv, we have always loved him, but the role wasn’t aptly written for him. A fine actor like himself needed a well-established role. Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Atul Killarney, good actors but again in some poorly written roles. Overall, the film had wonderful actors who weren’t brought into play effectively.
Geet Sangeet (Music)
Songs were very average, we can still cope up with Mr. Bhansali music in a period drama, but here it just seemed out of place. The background score was good but nothing pulsating enough to give one goose bumps, which should have been the case given the subject of biopic.
Nirnay (FilmyCurry Verdict)
An impressive attempt to showcase the life of one of our leading figures from history, with a climax that makes sure you one goes home with verve and vigor.