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Manikarnika Review

User Rating: 2.78
Manikarnika Review

Average Ratings:2.78/5
Score: 67% Positive
Reviews Counted:10


Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand   Site:  News18

That unforgettable line and the image of a female warrior on horseback, a sword raised in one hand, a baby strapped to her back, is, for many, the first thing that comes to mind when one mentions Rani Lakshmibai. As it turns out, this film, directed by Krish Jagarlamudi and Kangana herself, doesn’t expand your understanding of the iconic warrior queen much more.I’m going with two-and-half out of five for the film, and an extra half for Kangana Ranaut’s terrific performance. Which makes it three out of five for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh   Site:  Twitter

Inspiring movie that has scale and soul… Kangana, take a bow. You’re terrific… First half could be tighter. Second half awe inspiring… Climax brilliant… Power, pride, patriotism – this has it all. #ManikarnikaReview

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra   Site:  Filmcompanion

The film can’t match the epic scale of Baahubali or the aesthetics of Padmaavat but there is enough grandeur on display. Even the men are ferociously bejeweled and the fortresses are impressive. But you will have to ignore the inept CGI work, especially in the battle scenes.But despite these flaws, Manikarnika reveals Kangana as an artist with boundless ambition and I’m excited to see what she creates next. I’m going with three stars.

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Ratings: Review By: Komal Nahta   Site: Zee ETC Bollywood Business

On the whole, Manikarnika – Jhansi Ki Rani is a below-average fare which lacks a strong patriotic flavour and a strong antagonist. It has Kangana trying very hard to take it to the victory post but that’s a tall order because of the relatively slow start and absence of entertainment value for the youth. Collections will jump tomorrow (26th January) due to Republic Day national holiday but that won’t be enough to ensure that the film reaches the safety mark.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Raja Sen   Site: Hindustan Times

The film seems as historically accurate as Mel Gibson’s Braveheart — which is to say it prizes the valorous myth, and takes ’creative liberties’ to tell its story. This is fine as long as the story is gripping. Directed by Ranaut and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, Manikarnika achieves the simplistic ambition of saluting the queen, but feels too long and a bit too cardboard. The budgetary constraints show. The patchwork is constant. However, it must be said that all our period epics look like filmed theatre productions (only in the Baahubali films do swords appear heavy) and there is a straightforward earnestness to Manikarnika, even when craft is lacking. It feels less wasteful than excessive period catastrophes, and I’d readily pick this over a baroque Sanjay Leela Bhansali carnival.

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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Saibal   Site:  NDTV

Manikarnika is agonizingly soulless. Platitudes piled upon synthetic platitudes do not add up to great cinema, especially when none of the film’s war cries delivers any bang for its buck. Save yours and give the film a miss unless you like the sound of misfires.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Ronak   Site:  Times Of India

Overall, Manikarnika is a well-made film that highlights Kangana’s prowess as an actor. For a first time filmmaker, she undoubtedly shows spark and potential as a storyteller. Short of an epic, this larger-than-life war drama has enough valour and spirit to keep you engaged in these pages of history.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Manjusha   Site:  GulfNews

Actor-director Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi’, which chronicles the heroism and valour of a revered warrior, is as subtle as a sledge hammer.At every given turn, we are bludgeoned with Rani Laxmibai’s heroic tales about taking on British colonisers who wanted to annex her turf Jhansi, and all of it is done with as much pizzazz as an amateur school play production.If you are a fan of warrior epic that’s solely Ranaut’s battlefield, this one is for you. Others can safely duck this nationalism-fuelled saga.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Anita Iyer   Site:  Khaleej Times

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.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Sneha   Site:  Masala

Taking such massive cinematic liberties is possibly what ruins what could’ve been an authentic take on our first warrior princess. But alas, Bollywood is far more invested in turning every lead actor into a superhero. There’s no space for vulnerabilities or insecurities. It’s always about how charged and self-righteous they are. Rani Lakshmibai is no different. There’s this constant urge to showcase her as a superwoman, who can, apart from doing wonders with swords, FLY on top of elephants and do quick somersaults. Despite wanting to know so much about Lakshmibai, the movie prefers to celebrate her unabashedly without ever throwing an insight into who she really was. So we are left googling for more information!

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Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Story:

The life of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the key leaders in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Release Date:

Jan 18, 2019 ( India)

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Cast:

Kangana Ranaut as Rani Laxmibai (Manikarnika aka Manu)
Atul Kulkarni as Tatya Tope
Jisshu Sengupta as Gangadhar Rao
Richard Keep as General Hugh Rose
Suresh Oberoi as Bajirao II
Danny Denzongpa as Ghulam Ghaus Khan
Vaibhav Tatwawaadi as Puran Singh
Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkaribai
Yash Tonk as Rao Tula Ram

Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi
Kangana Ranaut

Zee Studios
Kamal Jain
Nishant Pitti  

Run Time:  2 hour 8 Minutes

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