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Manikarnika In A Production Mess

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Manikarnika: Queen Of Jhansi has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. First, it was Ketan Mehta crying foul, then director Krish staging a walk out and last but not the least Sonu Sood too walking out of the project.

With all this going on, the reshoot of the film, which is under the media’s microscopic eye, will have a 45-day schedule, longer than any film usually takes. We hear that major portions of the film will be reshot and we will see many new things along with many new faces.

Meanwhile, there were rumours that Kangana Ranaut had hijacked the film as its director. Much later, there were reports that actor Sonu Sood, who plays an important character in the film, quit.

On the issue of Kangana hijacking the project, the maker of Manikarnika, Kamal Jain had refuted the claims outright. He had stated that Kangana was considered the best person to take over the mantle to complete patchwork and to direct a few additional scenes for Manikarnika when Krish moved on to his new film.

Later, a source close to the actor had detailed how Kangana was handed the reins of the project. The makers of Manikarnika were upset seeing the rough cut of the film and hence asked Kangana to take over.

“Basically, when the producers saw the rough cut they were upset with Krish and were not happy. Hence Kangana was asked to take over. From a logical point of view if a director is under contract and is being paid by the producers then he has to reshoot if there are any changes too. But, they chose to let him go and not insist on him taking the reigns again cause they weren’t happy. They then asked Kangana to step in. Only 20-30% of what Krish shot is being retained and the other portions that are 60% are being reshot. The initial budget was around Rs 60 crores but the producers are ready to give in Rs 20 crores more for the reshoot as they trust Kangana.”

However, not all had been lost. Kangana’s co-star in the film, Ankita Lokhande, has strongly endorsed Kangana as her new captain and sounded happy at the prospect of shooting her first song for the film with her.

Apart from Kangana, Manikarnika: Queen Of Jhansi stars Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi, Ankita Lokhande and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. The film is set for January 25, 2019, released and is expected to clash with Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30.

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