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Manikarnika protest ends after assurance from film-maker

Producer Kamal Jain, in a letter, said that the producers ‘have not distorted the history and there is no romantic song or sequence with the Britishers in the film’.

jaipur Updated: Feb 10, 2018 22:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Actress Kangana Ranaut during shooting of her upcoming film "Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi" at Amber Fort in Jaipur. (IANS)

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

The producer also held a press conference here 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 history regarding Lakshmi Bai, the nineteenth century queen of Jhansi, and also depicts a love affair between her and a British man.

Producer Kamal Jain’s letter, addressed to Mishra, states 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, it said.

Producer Kamal Jain hand over the letter Brahmin Mahasabha’s Suresh Mishra in Jaipur on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Mishra had earlier shot letters to Jain enquiring about the writers of the film, profile of the historian consulted and details of songs in the film, if there are any. Laxmi Bai was a Brahmin and therefore the organisation and community had queries concerning the film, Mishra had written to Jain.

“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,” said Mishra.

In the past year, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat had drawn a sustained protest from Rajput outfits, which alleged that the film distorted history regarding fourteenth century Chittor queen Padmini.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 22:05 IST