Regarding the controversy on ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, the Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha’s state president Suresh Mishra was quoted in a report on dnaindia.com, “Our sources have told us that the filmmakers are shooting for a love song in which Rani Laxmibai is seen with a British agent of East India Company. We suspect the producers are making the film based on the controversial book ‘Rani’ written by Jaishree Misra. In order to check that the issue doesn’t blow up like ‘Padmaavat’, the government must ensure nothing controversial is shown in the film. It should get an undertaking from the producers.”
Kangana Ranaut, who plays the titular role in the Rani Laxmibai biopic, is also producing ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, which is directed by South filmmaker Krish. The actress has been shooting for ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ extensively in Rajasthan, after announcing the project with a Ganga Aarti in Varanasi. For now, Kangana seems unperturbed by the controversy raised by the Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha but hopefully a ‘Padmaavat’-like situation will be avoided in the future.