Kangana Ranaut is all set to play the role of legendary queen, Rani Laxmibai, in Manikarnika and from learning horse riding to fighting with real swords, the actress is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that her portrayal of Rani Laxmibai is a befitting tribute.
Manikarnika has been penned by K.V. Vijayendra Prasad, who has also written films like Baahubali and Magadheera. Recently during the shooting of Manikarnika in Rajasthan, Prasad spoke to the media about how both Manikarnika and Baahubali had flavors of valour, fierce loyalty and patriotism. He also spoke about how Rani Laxmibai was a symbol of National pride and he had also named his daughter Manikarnika. Interestingly, since the birth of his daughter, he was yearning to tell the story of the brave queen, and when he got the opportunity, he wrote the entire story within the span of a month.
Since war is an integral part of the story of Rani Laxmibai and the film is going to be high on action, the makers of the film have roped in Hollywood action Director, Nick Powell, who is well known for his work in movies like Braveheart, The Bourne Identity, Resident Evil: Retribution, The Three Musketeers and The Last Samurai. To prepare for the high octane action sequences, hand combat and sword fighting, Kangana trained for excruciatingly long hours and even sustained multiple injuries. Some videos of the actress honing her sword fighting skills emerged on social media, and received a thunderous response.
The film has been Directed by Krish and also stars Ankita Lokhande, Sonu Sood and Jisshu Sengupta.