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Movie Review: Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019)

★★★☆☆
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MANIKARNIKA – THE QUEEN OF JHANSI is the story of the brave Rani Laxmibai. Manikarnika (Kangana Ranaut) lives in Bithoor and is a favourite of the Peshwa (Suresh Oberoi) and he has brought her up with lot of love. One day Dixit Ji of Jhansi (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) spots her facing a ferocious tiger fearlessly. Impressed, he asks Peshwa for her hand in marriage with Jhansi’s king Gangadhar Rao (Jisshu Sengupta). Dixit Ji is aware that the British is eyeing Jhansi and wants to annexe the kingdom at any cost. He realises that her brave persona would play a crucial role in giving a tough fight to the British. The marriage takes place and the king gives her a new name – Laxmibai. All these developments upset Gangadhar’s brother Sadashiv (Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub). He is friendly with the British and wants to usurp the throne by hook or by crook. Laxmibai, after a few years, gives birth to Damodar and she is unable to contain her happiness. Her joy however is short-lived as Sadashiv surreptitiously poisons Damodar. Gangadhar, at the same time, falls ill too. Knowing that his end is near, he and Laxmibai adopt a son. Gangadhar passes away and the British attempt to annexe the throne. However, Laxmibai surprises everyone as she decides to take over the reins. She proclaims herself as the queen of Jhansi and challenges the British openly. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Kangana Ranaut’s war epic has many moments of genius”
Timesnownews
4.0 “Thank you, Kangana!”
Rediff: A Ganesh Nadar
4.0 “Kangana Ranaut infuses life into the braveheart queen”
DNA India
3.5 “MANIKARNIKA – THE QUEEN OF JHANSI is a well-made historical with the right scale, emotional quotient and battle sequences as its highpoint. “
Bollywoodhungama
3.5 “Manikarnika is a well-made film that highlights Kangana’s prowess as an actor. “
TOI
3.5 “Kangana Ranaut’s Dazzling Performance Makes It Worth Watching”
News18
3.5 “Manikarnika manages to reintroduce one of the most awe-inspiring figures from India’s past.”
Filmfare
3.5 “No one could have done this better than Kangana Ranaut and she is brutally bloody beautiful!”
Koimoi
3.5 “Kangana Ranaut’s intense action makes it a must watch!”
Zeenews
3.0 “A Nationalistic Film Propelled By Kangana Ranaut’s Fiery Performance”
Anupama Chopra
3.0 “Kangana Ranaut excellent as Queen of Jhansi, film not so much”
Indiatoday
3.0 ” Kangana Ranaut is glorious, film puts Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s carnivals to shame”
Hindustantimes
3.0 “A genuine, soul-stirring tribute to her phenomenal heroism can at best hope to come close to Chauhan’s immortal lines. “
Mid-Day
Average Reviews
2.5 “Kangana Ranaut is savage, spellbinding in a ho-hum historical”
Rediff: Sukanya Verma
2.5 “Kangana Ranaut roars to the finish line”
Gulfnews
2.5 “Kangana shines in a superfluous narrative”
Sify
2.5 “Kangana Ranaut’s directorial craft is okay; Ankita Lokhande impresses”
Indiatvnews
2.5 “Kangana Ranaut Shines But Still Loses This Battle!”
Filmibeat
2.5 “Kangana Ranaut is impressive, the rest is pretty bland

Deccanchronicle
2.5 “Kangana owns the period drama”
Indianexpress
Negative Reviews
2.0 “It’s a tale of courage sadly told. “
Nowrunning
2.0 “Kangana Ranaut is Great but Can’t Save a Flawed Film “
Masala
1.0 “Kangana Ranaut’s Soulless Film Reduces Laxmi Bai To A Stunt Queen”
NDTV

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