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Kangana Ranaut springs a surprise while on the ghats of Varanasi
Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 5, 2017)
Mirror (May 1) had recently reported that Kangana Ranaut will head to Varanasi to unveil a 20-feet poster of her upcoming period drama, Manikarnika - The Queen Of Jhansi , at the Dashashwamedh Ghat on May 4. The 30-year-old actress reached the holy city on Wednesday and performed the Ganga aarti the following evening as Richa Sharma and Shankar Mahadevan rendered a poem written by National Award-winning lyricist Prasoon Joshi, set to tune by Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy.
Speaking to Mirror from Varanasi, Kangana explained the choice of location saying Manikarnika, popularly known as Rani Lakshmibai, was born in Varanasi so they decided to kick off the film there with the announcement of the release date, April 27, 2018. “It’s a special day for me, more so because my mother is here,” she exulted.
She admitted to feeling a great sense of empathy with the Jhansi ki Rani who single-handedly took on the British and is eulogised in Subhadra Kumari Chauhan’s verse, “Sinhasan hil uthe, Rajavanshon ne bhrikuti tani thi…Bundele harbolon ke mooh humne suni kahani thi, Khoob ladi mardani woh to Jhansi wali rani thi…” Pointing out that the warrior queen’s most amazing quality was her righteousness.
Kangana said, “She had a great sense of right and wrong, fair and unfair, just and unjust. That’s a quality I identify with her. The British did ask her to choose between life and death. She chose not to live without dignity and that’s pretty much my philosophy. You cannot live without your pride as a woman.”
She recalled how when K V Vijayendra Prasad had narrated the script to her, many a times she had burst into spontaneous applause or had wanted to whistle and at the end she had touched his feet and asked for his blessings. “I saw Baahubali 2 recently and thought it was an extraordinary film. He assured me Manikarnika would be no less,” she maintained.
It’s obvious that this Kamal Jain and Zee Studios’ production, which is directed by Krish, is a special film for her. “I feel whatever I have done in the last 11 years has led me to it, it completes me, I am 30 now and I don’t see myself working with another director after this. I will focus on being a filmmaker,” she asserted.
On the home front too, Kangana is prepping up for some changes. Sister Rangoli is pregnant and Kangana who will be playing mother to a young child who she straps on her back when she goes out to war in Manikarnika reasoned that the maternal instinct is a part of human growth. “We all have it, as soon as we pass teenage years we start to mother our parents. Lakshmibai was an incredible mother and I’m looking forward to portraying this aspect of hers on screen. I love babies and babies love me. Though I don’t have much patience with newborn, I know I will be trained in handling one as we are expecting a baby in our family soon,” she said.
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