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Movie of the month: Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi

Kangana at her directorial best shows the way how to retell history. People say it’s easy when you play the dual role of an actor and the director in the same play as you know how to drive on your own. It’s not really that easy to carry out a lot of responsibility.

When you are making a film based on history with a patriotic theme, then there are many advantages but there are also number of challenges. The biggest challenge is the audience that comes with a particular frame of mind. Choosing Manikarnika as the title and not the other popular names that the main character of the movie is known for might have been a very small way of trying to overcome this challenge. However,even facts need to be presented in a way that thr audience remains engaged and entertained for the entire duration of the movie. Manikarnika excels in its presentation with a sharp screenplay and a very well structured script.

A beginning or a setup that introduces characters and the conflicts but also hooks with scintilliating scenes and sequences of the main character.The end of the beginning is marked with a plot, and that begins the middle and often the longest part of a script. This is the part where the main character grows, evolves and transforms. Kangana has done it in a way never seen in any other acts by any other actor so far in the history of Indian films.The end although predictive does not fail to attract the attention with the action sequences. The best part of the movie is that it never strayed away from the theme of courage and patriotism.

Cinematography is at its best with the impeccable lighting accentuating the beauty amd grace of Kangana while camera captures the emotions with innumerable close up shots. But the stellar shots have to be the ones taken in the batttle fields. Prasoon Joshi’s rhyming dialogues strikes an instant chord as it tells less and shows more.

Manikarnika is going to be the best movie ever produced that will set new benchmark for every quality aspect of film making.

Spared a thought for our odia guy Nihar Ranjan Samal. I’d heard about his accolades and the strong footmark he is making as a sound designer in the film industry. Close your eyes and open your ears and then if you can feel what is happening, then most of the credit goes to this man.

Watch it to believe it!