Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika took a huge leap at the box office on the second day of its release. The period drama has waded through a lot of controversies to reach the theatres. Recently, the co-director of the film, Krish (Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi), spoke about why he left the project midway and shared his feedback on Kangana’s direction.
In an interview with Spotboye, the filmmaker opened up about how the film has turned out to be.
“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.
The director who believes that Kangana “wanted everything to herself” said that the actress initially thought his directed portions looked like a “Bhojpuri” film.
“Kangana even told me that Zee Studios hadn’t liked what I had made. It was looking like a Bhojpuri film. I laughed. People know my previous work. We argued but she wanted her own way. I just couldn’t understand,” Krish said.
After the Queen actress took up the director’s responsibility, Sonu Sood, who was earlier playing the role of Sadashiv Rao, left the project. Speaking about the same, the director said, “I felt very bad when I read in the papers Kangana saying that ‘Sonu couldn’t take orders from a female director’. That was annoying and bad. It never happened. What she said was untrue. I don’t blame Sonu for quitting. His run time was 100 minutes and it was being chopped to 60 minutes. Who will agree? Nobody would.”
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 key roles.
Produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, the movie was released on January 25.