The much anticipated Bollywood venture 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi' released on January 25. The film which was one of the most anticipated ventures of 2019, received huge appreciation from the audience and the critics. The period drama starring actress Kangana Ranaut as the titular character is based on the life and struggles of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi and her war against the British East India Company, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Recently, Kangana Ranaut, in an exclusive interview on Court Martial on Republic Bharat with Arnab Goswami, she said no one in Bollywood speaks about nationalism and also criticised their take on playing of the national anthem in cinema halls.
"When 2 years back when our army was fighting in the borders, Bollywood celebrities said we are artists and we have no business with them. Not a single person spoke for the army. One year back when the topic of standing on National Anthem in theaters came up unanimously people questioned it." she said during the interview.
Further elaborating on her point, she said, the youth of our country is unaware of the glorious history of India.
"The way youth are fed, is wrong. We learn bits and pieces of our glorious history and that's why they turn out to be anti-nationals," she stated.
The national award winning actress turned director with the epic historical project. 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi' is widely lauded for the performance of the actors and it has also been praised for its massive set pieces, amazing action and breathtaking sets and costumes. However, the film has been riddled with controversies ever since it released owing to some issues relating to the credits of the film.
Apart from Kangana Ranaut the film also stars Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi, Danny Demzongpa, Jisshu Sengupta and Ankita Lokhande, in pivotal roles. It is produced by Kamal Jain and Zee Studios and is currently doing well at the Box office.