As the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat‘ seem to be coming to an end, another Bollywood film has caught the ire of a community in Rajasthan. This time, it is Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming film, ‘Manikarnika’, that is receiving flak from the Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha in Rajasthan.
Reportedly, the community has raised objections against the film which is based on the story of the Queen of Jhansi. The members of the Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha have claimed that the film is distorting the facts and is completely detached from history.
The Mahasabha’s state president, Suresh Mishra, asked the Rajasthan government to intervene before the activists stop the shooting of the film. At a press conference, Mishra said, “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. On January 9, we had written a letter to producer Kamal Jain to share information on the writers and their profile. We had also asked them to share the profile of historians with whom the producers consulted.”
“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.”, he was quoted as saying.