Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is a biographical account of how Rani Laxmibai stood up against the East India Company and fought the battle against them like a tigress.

Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is all about her journey from the place where she grew up, Bithoor to becoming the Rani of Jhansi, and eventually turning into a warrior Queen.

Just like Lagaan (2001), Manikarnika to starts with Amitabh Bachchan's baritone narrative that sets the tone of the film right from the word go.

We are then introduced to the world of Manikarnika (Kangana Ranaut) and we start to follow her journey. Her world consists of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar (Jisshu Sengupta), Sadashiv (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), Tatya Tope (Atul Kulkarni), Bajirao (Suresh Oberoi), Ghulam Ghaus Khan (Danny Denzongpa), Puran Singh (Vaibhav Tatwawaadi), Jhalkari Bai (Ankita Lokhande), and many more.

All the actors along with Kangana belt out sincere performances. Everyone is perfectly cast and are almost perfect. Directed by Kangana Ranaut and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, Manikarnika achieves the simplistic ambition of saluting the legendary queen.

The film has a strong narrative, but then it lacks layers. The writing is lazy, shoddy dialogues and tacky visual effects. Also, the fact that the film is far too long and after a point one is waiting for the film to end. However, the climax of the film is just to die for.

With Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, Kangana has proved that she is a storyteller. She has handled the film with great care, but then this is her debut and handling a film of this magnitude is not easy. However, she has shown loads of courage and strength and has sailed through this project with her head held high.

All in all, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is a film that needs to be watched and applauded. Kudos to Kangana and the producers, Zee Studios, Kamal Jain, and Nishant Pitti for making this one. The film has power, historically accurate and entertaining.

Rating: Three And A Half