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Movie Review – Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi (2019)

Plot –
The film is based on the life of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi and her war against the British East India Company, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

What’s Good – This is Kangana Ranaut’s debut as a director and a well done effort it is but it’s an even better acting performance and her best one as yet. Which will most probably garner her the best Actress Award in this year’s awards season. The lady imbibes the royal persona the right attitude of a royal and the viciousness of a warrior she emotes very well with ease.
The cinematography is of par excellence and cameramen Kiran Devhans and Gnana Shekhar V. S. deserve a mention for their perfect placement of shots and angles for the grand scenes.
The production scale is lavish and the grand opulence is well received.
The action scenes are well shot by Director Kangana Ranaut and Hollywood action director Nick Powell.
The dialogue delivery is goosebumps worthy and national integration inspiring.
Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is patriotic and apt.

What’s Bad – To glorify the greatness of the Braveheart martyr Queen a little more than a few directorial liberties have been taken which are not true in history.

My Verdict – The valour, the bravery, the sacrifice and the patriotism of the warrior Queen for her country and her people is well honoured by this movie. And as said in his memoirs by her enemy herself British Field Marshall Hugh Rose has depicted that among the rebellion leaders Rani Laxmibai was the most dangerous ruler the very fiercest warrior on the battlefield and stood the only real man among the mutineers.

My Rating – 4.5 of 5 stars
Firdaus Pavri 25/1/2019

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