May 042017
 

Kangana Ranaut at the launch. Picture courtesy: Jagran New MediaPicture courtesy/ Prasoon Joshi official Twitter account

Actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday launched the 20-feet tall poster of her film “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi. Kangana, who will be seen in the role of Rani Laxmibai in the film, said she hoped that she would live up to the rebellious legacy of the famous warrior-queen. To be directed by Krish, the film will hit the theatres on April 27 next year. 

Kangana unveils 20-feet poster of 'Manikarnika' in Varanasi
Kangana Ranaut at the launch. Picture courtesy: Jagran New Media

Kangana unveils 20-feet poster of 'Manikarnika' in Varanasi
Kangana Ranaut at the launch. Picture courtesy: Jagran New Media

“I’m so blessed to be here. With the blessings of Lord Shiva, we have launched it here. After coming on board for this project, I feel like I’ve achieved something very big in my life,” said Kangana, who also participated in the evening ‘Ganga aarti’, after the launch. Laxmibai, whose maiden name was Manikarnika, was born in Varanasi in 1828 to a Brahmin family. This is why the makers decided to unveil the film’s first official poster in the city.

Kangana, who looked every inch the fiery queen on the film’s poster, hoped that people would love “Manikarnika” the way they have appreciated her previous roles. “I feel that Rani of Jhansi is very relatable for women like us. Life without respect was equivalent to death for her. I think that is something I completely identified with.” Veteran writer V Vijendra Prasad, the writer of “Baahubali” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, has teamed up with Prasoon Joshi for the script of the film.

“This story has a lot of energy. I’m blessed that I’m attached to this film. I never thought that I’d ever get the opportunity to work with Vijendra ji who has written a film like ‘Baahubali.’ “Also, I want to say that this film would not have been possible without Kangana Ranaut. I don’t think any other actress has that fire and determination like Kangana to play this character,” Joshi said.

Kangana unveils 20-feet poster of 'Manikarnika' in Varanasi
Kangana Ranaut at the launch. Picture courtesy: Jagran New Media

Kangana also performed the famous ‘Ganga aarti’ with the film’s team, which also includes music composers Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy and producer Kamal Jain.

Kangana Ranaut performs Ganga aarti for ‘Manikarnika’ in Varanasi

Actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday performed the Ganga Aarti here and unveiled a poster of her upcoming film “Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi”, which is slated to release in April 2018.

Dressed in a gold nauvari saree by ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee and a tangerine brocade blouse, Kangana performed the aarti and took dips in the river at the “Dashaswmedha Ghat”.

While taking dip in the Ganga, Kangana was heard chanting: “Har Har Mahadev”.

The 30-year-old actress will be seen playing the role of Rani Laxmi Bai in the upcoming film, directed by Krish.

She says she feels blessed to start the movie with the blessing of Lord Shiva.

“After coming on board to this project I’m feeling like I’ve achieved something very big in this movie…,” Kangana said.

Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa, who have composed music for the film were also present at the venue and even performed a power packed number along with singer Richa Singh to a poem penned by Prasoon Joshi.

Shankar said the team is a “dream team”, I hope God gives immense power to create such music for this film which could do justice to the story,” he said.

Announcing the epic cinematic experience #Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi
Releasing 27th April 2018 pic.twitter.com/Pmh4ySaIVj

— Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_) May 4, 2017

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