A review of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

Recently I had watched Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Miss Ranaut has impressed the audiences once again with her brilliant performance as Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi.

The actress has done justice to the historical character, and her portrayal of the legendary queen doesnot lack luster, force, or appeal. Embodiment of sterling virtues, the queen is self-assured, determined, courageous, well versed in the art of war, overbearingly patriotic, knowledgeable, and diplomatic when required. Whereas as a warrior and millitarily commander she is menacing and unforgiving to her foes and unflinching in her commitment towards her motherland, as a queen to her people she is benevolent and filled with mother like tender feelings towards her subjects.

The queen of Jhansi is renowned for her boldness, commitment, unshakable resolve, uncommon valour and exemplary sacrifices she made during her mission. The film doesn’t fail to recreate and reaffirm this popular image of the legendary 19th century queen and in so doing it doesn’t disappoint the audiences.

While all actors in important roles have put in good performances, it is kangana who outshined others with her vivid and intense portrayal of the queen helped along by a good script and powerful dialogues lacking not in punch.

Whilst she has impressed the audiences by her powerful performance as Lakshmi Bai, she along with her co-director has certainly disappointed in so far as their direction skills are concerned. Abler showmen would have made far greater impact and could have turned this film into a true masterpiece worth remembering for a long time to come. The first half somehow sticks together as one piece, but the second half, quite frankly, is frought with inconsistencies in the plot and thus fails to build on the intensity engendered by the first half. But for the impressive battle scenes, some great dialogues, and substantial performances by the actress and others, the second half would have been a complete disaster.

The film shouldn’t have any claims to presenting a historically accurate account of events involving the queen of Jhansi, but to the credit of it’s makers may it be told that unlike various other historical dramas in the past, which purposely dished out fictional plots with the view to spice up the depiction to cater to the prurient tastes of some audiences or with the view to court a willing controversy to gain attention, this work of cinema doesn’t make a purposeful attempt to malign or distort the historical characters involved in general and the queen in particular or the historical circumstances concerned for that matter in any way, .

Overall ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ is a good film worth watching at least once on big screen. It offers the right mix of drama, entertainment, tragedy, action, emotion, and history. I give it 7 on a scale of 10.

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