Celebrated actress Kangana Ranaut is gearing up for her larger-than-life film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi which will hit the marquee on January 25. Ask her about Rani Laxmibai, she says, “I’ve grown up listening to Rani Laxmibai’s legend and folklore like all of us but at the same time, I did not know the intensity of her life. Her youth had gone in battling the enemy and preparing the regular people to become warriors”.
“What was unknown about her life is that she fought for many things that are acceptable today like adoption and women empowerment. She was completely against untouchability and she neither believed in the caste system. She was a Brahmin who fought like Kshatriyas. She fought against Bargad Pratha, Parda system, caste system, and untouchability. She fought for all these things relentlessly and conquered all those,” she adds.
The film is directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamud, known as Krish, who is also helming NTR Biopic.