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From Manikarnika To Mahanati, Here Are The Historical Period Dramas In The Pipeline

Time and again Indian filmmakers have delved deep into Indian history to bring out and characterise certain time periods and historical figures. Films like Mughal-E-Azam, Lagaan, Mangal Pandey, Iruvar and Kaaviya Thalaivan have chronicled the country’s history through fictionalised stories.


Padmaavat, an epic poem written by 16th Century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, was adapted to screen by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But a group of secluded minds attempted to suppress the director’s vision of this mythical portrayal. Their violent protests triggered the ideologies and beliefs of a certain community as they charged against the movie.

There are some promising historical dramas in the pipeline. In the light of the widespread protests against Padmaavat, the question remains whether the makers of these films will face a similar predicament.

Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi – Hindi

This historical period drama stars Kangana Ranaut as Manikarnika, also known as Rani Laxmibai. The valiant queen fought against the British and was a key figure in the initial Independence movement of India. In the film, Kangana will be seen performing war sequences. The story is written by K.V Vijayendra Prasad and the film is directed by the National Award winning director Krish. The film is scheduled for release in June 2018.

Thugs of Hindostan – Hindi

This upcoming action-period drama is set in the pre-Independent India. The film will see Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan joining hands for the first time. The screenplay is based on a novel written by Philip Meadows Taylor called Confessions of a Thug and is directed by Vijaya Krishna Acharya. The film also stars Katrina Kaif in a prominent role.

Kayamkulam Kochunni – Malayalam

Upcoming Malayalam period movie is based on the life of the robber, Kayamkulam Kochunni, played by Nivin Pauly. Sets in the 19th Century Travancore, the film follows Nivin’s character who takes from the rich and gives to the poor. The film is directed by Roshan Andrew and written by Bobby and Sanjay. Latest reports suggest that Mohanlal will do a cameo in the movie.

Mahanati – Telugu


Narrating the life of South Indian actress Savitri, the film stars Kerthy Suresh in the lead. Dulquer Salmaan also appears in the movie as ‘Kadhal Mannan’ Gemini Ganeshan. The film is directed by Nag Ashwin, who previously made the movie Yevade Subramanyam.

Santhana Devan – Tamil

This Arya-starrer, directed by Ameer, is based on the sport of Jallikattu. A period drama movie, the film tackles the authenticity of this sport. Music for the movie is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film also stars Arya’s younger brother Sathya in a pivotal role.