Actress-turned-director Kangana Ranaut, who has been accused of taking away the credit of Manikarnika‘s co-director, Krish (Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi), is continuing her fight against him.
The filmmaker had recently called out the actress for claiming that she has shot 70 per cent of the film. In response, Kangana said it is wrong of Krish to accuse her and she believes he will get nothing out of it.
On Friday, the Queen actress opened up about the controversy to the media as she stepped out of the Mumbai airport.
“He (Krish) has been credited for his work in the film and it is very incorrect on his part to say something like that. If he has any issues with the film, then he should talk to the producers and should not attack me for that reason,” Kangana said.
“He should prove whatever he is saying. Nothing will come out of it if he will keep talking about it in the media,” she added.
Standing by her words, Kangana again repeated that she has directed a major portion of the period drama.
“Fortunately or unfortunately, I have directed the film. All important decisions regarding the film were taken by me. So, I just want to make one thing clear that this film has been released and nothing can happen now,” she said.
She even went on to declare that her next directorial will be better than Manikarnika.
Earlier, Mishti Chakraborty, who played the role of Kashi Bai in Manikarnika, said that she wasn’t happy with the outcome of the film.
“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,” the actress said.
Commenting the remarks made by her co-actor, Kangana said: “People are saying that we want lead roles in the film. I just want to tell them that work hard for that. They will not get anything by crying in public. They should earn their place. Today, I have become a filmmaker on my own credibility. I will once again direct a film and it will be better than ‘Manikarnika.”
She further went on to give a suggestion to Krish to helm a project with Sonu Sood, Mishti Chakraborty and Apurva Asrani – who have been backing the director in the controversy.
“I would suggest Krish one thing – he should make one film with this entire company. In that film, he should cast Sonu as a villain, Mishti as lead actress and he should hire Apurva to write the story of the film. He should make such a film that I can get to learn a lesson from that,” she said.
Meanwhile, Manikarnika has crossed the Rs 50-crore mark at the Box Office and minted Rs 64.65 crore as it enters the second week of its release.
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 25 January.