- "There is no love story depicted in the film," said Kangana
- Film also stars Jisshu Sengupta, Sonu Sood and Ankita Lokhande
- Sarva Brahman Mahasabha demanded to see film's historical background
"This movie is sure to instil a feeling of pride among the people," Kangana told IANS, clarifying that there is no love story depicted in the film. The 30-year-old actress also blamed the controversy on people seeking publicity.
Kangana Ranaut was speaking at Jodhpur airport, on her way to Bikaner to film Manikarnika.
Manikarnika producer Kamal Jain said in a statement carried by IANS this week: "As responsible filmmakers, we have taken utmost care while portraying Rani Laxmibai's character and have consulted historians and scholars... The film doesn't portray anything objectionable about Rani Laxmibai and nor has the film distorted the history in anyway. The film showcases Rani Laxmibai in a most respectful manner and is an inspirational story which every kid and every member of a family would love to see."
Sarva Brahman Mahasabha, the outfit objecting to Manikarnika, has written to the makers threatening to protest and not allow shooting in Rajasthan unless "complete information on the historical ground of the story is made available," reported IANS earlier this week.
Last year, the shooting of "Padmaavat" was forced to move out of Rajasthan after fringe Rajput group Karni Sena disrupted filming in Jaipur's Nahargarh Fort and attacked director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. "Padmaavat," based on the legend of a Rajput queen who commits jauhar, released on the Republic Day weekend after months of violent protests and threats, including some made against lead actress Deepika Padukone.
(With inputs from IANS)