From her extroverted yet rebellious character in 'Tanu Weds Manu', to her bravely innocuous and underrated character in 'Queen', Kangana has come a long way to reach where all the A-list stars in Bollywood are at the moment. Her ability to direct her way towards more meaningful and wholesome roles is an added quality to her personality and she carries her strength as a woman, very comfortably, all around her. So much so, we really couldn't think of anyone else who would aptly fit the role of Manikarnika, from 'Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi'.
The role demanded someone who was very comfortable in their skin yet fierce and bold in their ideology, just like Jhansi ki Rani was. After the release of 'Queen', Kangana thought of pursuing a more technical side to films and hence thought of her stance as a director. After what seemed like a struggle of putting the beautiful film in front of a billion people, she proudly shares directorial credits with Krish Jagalamudi, for 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi'.
Rani Laxmibai was an epitome of survival of the fittest and gave gender roles another realm altogether when she contributed her half to fight for India's first war on independence. If anyone fits the bill to reincarnate her persona on screen, it's Kangana and here are some reasons why!(1) Her Determination To Achieve Anything
While Kangana has come into the limelight for many controversies regarding her personal stance in life, her grit and determination to move forward and stand her ground has stood first and foremost. From her stand on the #MeToo movement to her fight to tell the truth about her past abusive relationships, she's managed to survive the fittest notions about being a strong powerful and determined woman and that clearly reflects in her character play as Manikarnika, in the movie. Manikarnika fought hard against the British rule to keep her kingdom intact and fought for her people rather than bowing down to the British. Her actual determination to achieve that dream and fight for it, is what makes Kangana more fitting to play the role.
(c)Zee Studios(2) Her Tryst With Trying Tougher Roles
If you remember her first movie, 'Gangster', you would know how complex that role was for a debutant and yet she bagged a Filmfare award for her performance for it. Kangana has always taken a variety of challenging roles, which make her characters stand out and you can never forget them. For instance, in 'Fashion', she played a model who was a drug addict, a role which is hard to fit into. Even though Priyanka stole the limelight for the film, Kangana's feature was well appreciated too. After taking numerous challenging roles to experiment and play with, she was truly deserving of one of the most challenging roles and she did fair justice to it as well.
(c)Zee Studios(3) She's Fearless
Kangana has always been known as someone who doesn't fear anyone. From calling Karan Johar the 'flag-bearer of nepotism' in the industry to speaking up against the Karni Sena threats, this woman fears nothing. She's always fighting her own battles fearlessly and has a strong belief system. So much so, people look up to her for the same. This is one of the main reasons why she fits the bill to play Manikarnika because her personality, as a whole, reflects her on-screen presence and makes the character more real and vivacious.
No, this isn't a paid article or a PR stunt to promote Kangana or her acting prowess. This is a critical review of someone who is a perfectionist in every right from someone who loved watching her on-screen and sharing a perspective or two. I really hope 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' does phenomenally well, because it's not just about Kangana's prowess to nail the role but a story about a legend who should never be forgotten.
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