The protectors of history have once again picked up cudgels against Bollywood. After the protests against Padmaavat, opposition has now been raised against Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi which stars Kangana Ranaut, said media reports. The film is based on the life of the queen of Jhansi, Lakshmi Bai, who was a prominent freedom fighter as well. While the filmmakers have already clarified that the film is not a biopic, a Hindu group, Sarva Brahman Mahasabha, is questioning the alleged “distortion of facts”.
Hindustan Times reported that the outfit’s president Suresh Mishra alleged that the film distorts history regarding Laxmi Bai and depicts a love affair between her and a British man. “We learnt about it from our friends and acquaintances in various parts of Rajasthan where some scenes of the film are being shot. The film is based on a foreigner’s book and tries to dampen the queen’s reputation,” said Mishra. Mishra also said that his organisation is opposed to distorted portrayal of historical figures for commercial motives.
Mishra is also a secretary with the state Congress unit, according to The Indian Express. He said if their concerns are not addressed, “Brahman Mahasabha will not let the movie be shot here and will disrupt its shooting.”
Clearly congress is planning another Karni sena type violence using its own cadres/leaders? only time will tell.
— Chayan Chatterjee (@Satyanewshi) February 6, 2018