- "We have not reduced the budget," said the producer
- "We have not reduced the budget," he added
- "I can't reveal the budget," he said
Kamal Jain of Zee Studios, who is producing the film, dismissed the rumours saying Rangoon was a bigger dud at the box office than Simran but that did not deter the team from going ahead with Manikarnika, which went on floors during the release of the Vishal Bharadwaj-directed war drama. Kangana co-starred with Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in Rangoon. "These stories are completely untrue. We have not reduced the budget at all and nor do we plan to in the future. I can't reveal the budget but to put aside the rumours, when we started the film, it was immediately after the failure of Rangoon which was also an expensive period film," Mr Jain told Bollywood Hungama.
Kamal Jain also revealed that he's confident about Manikarnika because it is backed by a tea of National Award-winners - KV Vijayendra Prasad, who wrote scripts for movies like Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, have come on board the project and Prasoon Joshi joins in for the lyrics and additional screenplay. "I always wanted to make this film with the best technician and talent because the subject needs huge talent," he told Bollywood Hungama.
Kangana Ranaut has trained extensively in horse-riding and sword-fighting for Manikarnika and will undergo physical transformation for playing the protagonist - Rani Laxmibai. Kangana is also expected to visit Ranchi to prep for her role: "The prep is restricted to the material like photographs and letters. I saw a lot of things here. I will be going to Jhansi and other places for research," she had told IANS.
Kangana Ranaut played a Gujarati divorcee in her latest release Simran, which is struggling to make it to the Rs 20 crore mark.