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Kangana Ranaut takes a holy dip in Varanasi at ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ launch

mid-day shadows Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut at the launch of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ in Varanasi; she also made it a point to visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple to offer prayers

The quaint gullies of Varanasi wore an unusually vibrant look yesterday as it served as the perfect backdrop for the launch of Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming film, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. The actress, who is also a co-producer on the Rani Lakshmi Bai biopic, launched a 20-feet poster at the Dasashwmedh Ghat in the presence of hundreds of fans, who cheered her on throughout the evening.

Talking about her passion project with mid-day, which was on the spot yesterday, Kangana said, “This is an auspicious day for us. We have got the best team on board and we are attempting an extraordinary film.”

Kangana Ranaut at the launch of her film in Varanasi

The actress made it a point to visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, too, to offer prayers. Asked if she has been able to imbibe the spirit of Rani Lakshmi Bai through several years of prep, she said, “The Queen of Jhansi believed that life without dignity is equivalent to death and that’s why I totally relate to the character. It holds true in today’s world too.”

Unit hands informed that various aspects of Rani Laxmibai’s life will be documented in the film being co-produced by Kamal Jain and Zee Studios. April 27, 2018, has been set as the release date.

As the evening drew to a close, lyricist Prasoon Joshi read out a heart-rending poem celebrating the spirit of Lakshmi Bai. But the high point was Kangana participating in the Ganga aarti and taking a dip in the Ganges as director Krish, co-writers KV Vijayendra Prasad, Prasoon and musician trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy looked on.


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