Kangana is currently gearing up for her upcoming historical war biopic Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi that releases on 25th January 2019 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages simultaneously.
At a recent media interaction, when Kangana was asked about identifying herself with Rani Lakshmi Bai in real life, she revealed, “I don’t think that I exactly said that. Her life was very extreme. It would be naive of me to say I identify with her life or that say my life is similar to that of hers. We are born in free India. Our issues are, jaise kehte hain na, ‘amiron ki gambhir samasyaaien’. In those days, there were real problems. The way she struggled, or even how unfortunate her death was. It’s too much for us to realise it’s intensity. We can fight cases openly, we have a proper constitution. But someone throwing you out of your palace, or for that matter from your land because they think they can grab your wealth, is unthinkable ! Jhansi was one of princely states at that time, especially a Hindu princely state and perhaps the richest. So they had very real issues. But I do identify with her spirit. And that is perhaps what I’ve tried to convey. If I am tested, I don’t know to what extent, but not giving up, standing for what I feel and having a voice is definitely what I identify with”.
Manikarnika produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain, releases on 25th January 2019 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages simultaneously.