Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika, which is running successfully in the theatres, has courted controversies from the beginning. From director Krish leaving the film midway followed by lead actor Sonu Sood walking out, to Kangana Ranaut entering into a verbal feud with Rajput Karni Sena over the depiction of the character of Rani Laxmi Bai, Manikarnika saw a fair share of controversies before its release. The film is in news once again for a wrong reason, with an actor criticising lead actor Kangana, who directed the film after Krish left.
In an interview to Bollywood Hungama, actress Mishti Chakraborty said she knew it was a good film but the final product did not meet her expectations.
“I always knew this film would do well. It has huge patriotic feelings attached to it,” the actress said, but added a few of her scenes were edited out.
“This was not what I was expecting. This was not what we shot for. This was not what I was promised. So, if you are talking on a personal level about my thing then I can’t really say am happy about it,” she said.
The actress, who essayed the role of Kashi Bai in Manikarnika, claimed that the final copy of the film did not have a few scenes that she had shot.
“I was literally shocked. This was not what we shot for. This was not what I was expecting. I am an actor and I just don’t want my face to be seen. That there are a few nice close ups and that’s it. I want my work to be talked about, not my clothes and shoes,” she said.
Mishti earlier featured in the film, Begum Jaan starring Vidya Balan. Speaking about both of her experiences, she said, “To glorify yourself, you don’t need to put others down. If you are great, you will stand out in the crowd. If you don’t have the confidence, you will want it all for yourself. That is how I look at it, I am not judging anyone over here. I am not talking about Kangana or Vidya. But then I have seen Vidya Balan. There may be 10 women around her but she still stands out in the crowd. She never tried to chop off anybody’s character. She didn’t need to.”
Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is a film that captures the life story of Rani Laxmibai. Directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Kangana Ranaut, the film also stars Danny Denzongpa, Zeeshan Ayyub, Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi, and Jisshu Sengupta in pivotal roles.
Produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, the film released on January 25.