Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi starts by introducing us to Manikarnika (Kangana Ranaut)from Pune, who marries the King of Jhasi and takes the name of Rani Laxmi Bai. During the course of the film, we see Kangana as a warrior, wife, mother, leader, patriot and finally a people's queen.
The film doesn't attempt to fake feminism but rather provides enough instances as it builds momentum.
Kangana debuts as a director and it shows as the film captures a sensitive side to the male characters and strongly portrays common women of the era, who were part of the rebellion.
Manikarnika belongs to Kangana and she is back as a true war hero.
Khaleej Times Rating: 3.5/5