Kangana Ranaut, who was speculated to be co-directing Manikarnika, the biopic on Rani of Jhansi, will only be contributing to the film as an actor, according to filmmaker Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (also known as Krish).
“We’re starting the first schedule in Madhya Pradesh. We then move to Rajasthan for another spell of shooting. A part of the film will also be shot at the Ramoji Rao studio. Some of the scenes have to be shot on sets, and they are now being built,” he told Deccan Chronicle, adding: “She (Kangana) will only be playing the lead role. That’s it.”
The film will be shot in actual locations where the Rani of Jhansi had lived, capturing places in and around Varanasi. Krish, who is best known for this year’s Gautamiputra Satakarni starring Nandamuri Balakrishna, said that the film is primarily being made in Hindi but will also be dubbed in Tamil and Telugu.
The film was reportedly supposed to have been directed by Ketan Mehta, but changed hands due to creative differences between Mehta and Kangana. According to Mehta, Kangana and producer Kamal Jain hijacked his film prompting him to send a legal notice to the actress asking her to stop working on the film. While the notice has been sent, Kangana hasn’t commented on this issue yet.
Recently, Kangana Ranaut, and other members of the team of Manikarnika, released the first-look for the film in Varanasi. Titled Manikarnika: The Rani of Jhansi, it is produced by Kamal Jain, on a script written by Vijendra Prasad and Prasoon Joshi, and will be directed by Krish.
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