Kangana Ranaut starrer film Manikarnika: The queen of Jhansi is receiving appreciation from all quarters. Amid the feud between the co-directors Kangana Ranaut and Krish, veteran actress Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh have praised the actress’ performance in the film.

On Wednesday, at the special screening of the film, Waheeda Rahman said she was proud of actress-turned-director Kangana for directing a film like Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi.

“I called Kangana to show me this movie because I was very keen. I really liked the film. She has done a really good job — acting and directing. She is also looking very beautiful in the film. I am so happy and proud of her that she has made this film and given a great performance as well,” said the actress.

Asha Parekh, top actress in the 1960s and 70s, too, praised Kangana.

“She has done a lot of hard work for the film and she has done a really nice job. She looks exactly like the Rani of Jhansi, regal in every aspect. I hope the film runs for a very long time,” she said.

Earlier, speaking of the outcome, filmmaker Krish said he was happy that Kangana didn’t “spoil” the film much.

“I think Kangana has done 20-25 per cent of the first half. I didn’t shoot a song and I didn’t shoot her entry scene. 10-15 per cent. In the second half, she has even re-shot some scenes which I had done in a different way. But it’s okay now. The film is looking brilliant. I am happy that she didn’t spoil it much,” he said.

Meanwhile, Manikarnika has minted Rs 56.90 crore at the domestic box-office in the first week.

Helmed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Kangana Ranaut, the film captures the life story of Rani Laxmibai. It 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.