After 'Padmaavat', Kangana Ranaut's 'Manikarnika' faces protests

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut is seen dressed up Queen of Jhansi while shooting "Manikarnika" in Rajasthan, India.

NEW DELHI - While the protests against "Padmaavat" are still fresh, a new Bollywood film has come under the radar. According to Republic World, Kangana Ranaut’s "Manikarnika" has been receiving threats by Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha (SBM) over the indecent portrayal of the Queen of Jhansi.

State president of SBM, Suresh Mishra said, “The movie is violating history. It’s on ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ and it’s made to earn crores. We don’t care about that but we won’t let that happen by violating the history.”

He further stated that he doesn’t want similar controversies that "Padmaavat" was a part of and has requested the director to give assurances on the plot of the movie. Mishra also added that if the issues are not addressed, SBM will not allow the filming in Rajasthan.

The group thinks that the filmmakers are taking inspiration of their film from a fictional history book which mentions an alleged romance between Rani Lakshmibai and British officer Robert Ellis. Earlier in 2008, the book was banned in Uttar Pradesh by the then Mayawati-led government.

"Padmaavat" has had a long history of trouble prior to its release. It stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.

The songs and dialogues of "Manikarnika" have been penned by Prasoon Joshi, chief of Central Board of Film Certification. The biopic, which is highly based on the life of Queen of Jhansi and her war against the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, is directed by Krish Jagarlamudi. - Agencies