Manikarnika: Brahmin group ends protests after producers assure there is no distortion of history

After receiving written assurance from Kamal Jain - the producer of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika, the Brahmin group threatening to stall screening of the film has now ended the protests.

bollywood Updated: Feb 11, 2018 09:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan times
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Kangana Ranaut arrives for the shoot of Manikarnika, in Jodhpur. (PTI)

A Brahmin outfit that raised objections to Kangana Ranaut’s historical drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, called off its protest on Saturday after written assurance from the film’s producer that there is no distortion of history in the movie.

The producer also held a press conference, along with the representatives of the Sarv Brahmin Mahashaba to allay their apprehensions.

On February 5, Suresh Mishra, the national president of the organisation had alleged that the film distorts historical facts regarding Lakshmi Bai, the nineteenth century queen of Jhansi, and also depicts a love affair between her and a British man.

In a letter addressed to Mishra, producer Kamal Jain said that the producers “have not distorted the history and there is no romantic song or sequence with the Britishers in the film”. In addition, they have not “referred to Jayshree Mishra or any other writers who wrote ‘degrading information’ on Rani Lakshmibai”, the letter added

Mishra, earlier wrote letters to Jain enquiring about the writers of the film, profile of the historians consulted and details of songs in the film, if any.

“We are making the film, Manikarnika with a great passion and huge respect towards the great woman who is unmatchable in her reputation,” Jain’s response to Mishra read.

“MR Vijayendra Prasad of Bahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan fame has researched with a huge team and written the story after consulting a good number of scholars and historians. Respected Prasoon Joshi ji is penning the dialogues and lyrics of the film,” it added.

Reacting to the assurance letter from the producers, Mishra said that the whole issue has got a ‘good closure’. “We withdraw our protests. And they have assured us in writing, so if they err in future, we can always rebut them,” he said.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat battled year-long violent protests by Rajput outfits across several states . Karni Sena, the Rajput group spearheading the protests, had alleged that the film “distorted history” and hurt the pride and valour of Rani Padmini and the Rajputs. The film that starred Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, was initially slated to hit theatres on December 1, 2017. It finally released on January 25, 2018. Despite the Supreme Court announcing that state governments of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana, putting a ban on the film’s release was illegal, several film distributors refused to screen the film.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 19:21 IST