Kangana Ranaut is the saving grace of this war-drama
Manikarnika is one of the most anticipated movies of 2019, thanks to Kangana Ranaut. The film starts off with visuals of Manikarnika (Kangana Ranaut) being strong and independent, who is also trained in archery and sword-fighting. She gets married to Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar (Jisshu Sengupta).
While he is in awe of her fearless behaviour, his mother isn’t and put her in place saying that a woman should belong to the kitchen. However, Manikarnika, who is renamed as Rani Laxmibai after marriage, continues to roam around freely. Her life is gone for a toss with the demise of her first child followed by her husband.
Now, British officers are willing to take over Jhansi as they do not accept her adopted as the next kind. This leaves Rani Laxmibai in a war with British people to protect Jhansi.
Kangana Ranaut, as the Queen of Jhansi, is a perfect fit as Rani Laxmibai. Her tough looks her and her sword fighting skills are on point, which makes people believe that she could indeed be the Queen of Jhansi.
Though Amitabh Bachchan is not a part of the film, his voiceover does the trick and it will make you nostalgic about the several other war dramas.
The individual performances by Atul Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta, Suresh Oberoi, and Kulbhushan Kharbanda have all delivered their bits, but we wish their screen time is a bit longer to relish their performances.
Kangana Ranaut is just terrific as Rani Laxmibai and she also incorporated her feminist views in the film, which has worked to the film’s favour.
We all know that the film is no Paadmavat or Baahubali, but the team has strived hard to make it look as grand as possible and it is commendable.
Another interesting aspect of Manikarnika is its stunt choreography. The stunts which involve women are exceptionally choreographed and their sword-wielding skills are brilliant to watch on screen.
The sound design of Manikarnika is also one of the best aspects of the film. The music is on point and makes us feel every single emotion.
The downside of Manikarnika is its weak screenplay as it lacks that punch and one does not feel the appropriate emotion during the climax or pre-interval.
Also, the film sings the praise of Rani Laxmibai over and over, which is definitely not pleasing for the audience. All it takes are a couple of scenes to show her valor but the director does not stop with that.
Manikarnika has moments that will make you root for till the end. It has its flaws, but if you look past it, the film will let you enjoy the tale of Rani Laxmibai.