Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat was entangled in a lot of controversies as the Rajput Karni Sena claimed that the film portrayed Rani Padmavati in an indecent manner. However, the film finally released and is doing great at the box office. Now, Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika is on the line of fire.
While the actress is shooting for the film, some fringe groups have threatened to protest against the film and claimed that the film aims to present distorted facts about Rani Laxmibai.
According to reports, founder president of Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha, Suresh Misra said, “The movie’s shooting has been going on in Rajasthan for some time and we have come to know that there are some scenes, including a song that shows her as having a love affair with an Englishman.”
However, the makers of Manikarnika have made it clear that the film is not a biopic. They claimed that the film is based on a book titled ‘Rani’ written by Jaishree Misra.
As per Indian Express, Suresh Misra has claimed, “We have learned that some portions of the movie have been picked up from Rani, a book by (London-based author) Jaishree Misra. Following objections, the book was banned by Uttar Pradesh government then. So our concern is why filmmakers are proceeding with a movie with content from a banned book. Brahmin Mahasabha will not let the movie be shot here and will disrupt its shooting.”
Suresh Misra also said that they have sent a letter inquiring about the film to the producers but haven’t received any reply yet. The letter reads, “Jhansi Ki Maharani Laxmi Bai was a Brahmin and therefore our organization and community have certain queries as it is related to Brahmin sentiments & emotions.”
The Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha has announced that they are planning to meet the Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria. Suresh Misra said that they would ask him to take an affidavit from the director and producers of the movie that there is nothing objectionable in it, and that the story is shared with the state government. “Else, it may meet the same fate as Padmaavat,” said Misra.
The producer of the film, Kamal Jain, has spoken about the agitation and said, “No letter was received and if anybody comes to us, we will act accordingly. We are going ahead with the actual history of Rani. The good thing about Rani Laxmibai is that everything about her is fact.”
The Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha last year supported that protest carried on the Karni Sena against Padmaavat and now they have Manikarnika on their target.