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A brave woman freedom fighter.

  • Dev Raj Gulati

    Dev Raj Gulati (2,661 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - January 28, 2019 8:55 AM IST
    3.4DM (20267 ratings)

    Verdict - This slice of history should be seen.

    Manikarnika: The Queen of JhansiRelease date : January 25, 2019

    Biopics seem to be the new genre in vogue.The pre- Independence period is full of bravery,sacrifices and off course treachery as well. All this is retold with reference to a woman warior- Manikarnika aka Laxmibai aka Jhansi Ki Rani.
    The East India Company( the Invaders in the guise of traders) had captured many a princely states with gun power,tyranny and deceit. They we're faced with a stiff opponent in the princely state of Jhansi.Why? All because of her self less devotion to her motherland.Though her kingdom got completely ravaged,yet she regrouped herself ,until she became a martyr.
    Look at the characterisation of the protagonist.She was brave since her child hood.An ace Archer and fearless sword fighter.Despite being a queen,she had compassion and a sense of belonging with the masses.She led from the front.She was a great strategist.Was fortunate to have many a fathfull on her side,but rebels as well.Though the Mutiny of 1857 got crushed,she never gave up.She was a devout Hindu( the war cry of Har Har Mahadev resonates during the battle scenes).She lost her only son and her husband in her early coronation days.Despite being widowed,she did stand for dignity for all widows.She stood for women empowerment even in orthodox male dominated society.She was much ahead of her times.Since she preceeds,many freedom fighters she was of the firm belief that freedom has to be gained by force.Later on Subhash Chandra Bose,Bhagat Singh et Al also follow the same path .Gandhianism was the other route.
    Where are the fact lines then? To me the film seems to be dated.The impression one gets is that it has taken a long time to make it.The background score seems to be week.The desh bhakti songs come in spaces ,not as a whole.The lyrics of the freedom movement of yore we're more powerful.The battle scenes are assembled and presented through VFX technology.
    Had this movie been under the supervision of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali,it could have been more powerful .
    Not withstanding the flaws,the movie at least has high production values,forceful acting by Kangana,and the well deserved patriotic' fervour a la Uri.
    The younger generation must be made aware of the past to always be enthused by the sacrifices of all their ancestors.

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